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Fox News' Hero Priest, Frank Pavone, In Holy Hot Water?

Reported by Priscilla - September 28, 2011 -

Remember how, earlier this year, Fox "News" ran an almost 24 and 7 loop of coverage on how the evil Canadian healthcare system was forcing "Baby Joseph" to die. The reality, of course, was that the hospital, where "Baby Joseph" Maarachli was a patient, decided against providing a tracheotomy for the child based on what they believed was the best course of action for the baby. As part of the "fair & balanced" reporting, Fox featured commentary from radical, anti-choice priest, Father Frank Pavone who used his face time to denigrate Canadian health care and Obama's health care reform which, according to Pavone, really could have death panels lurking around the corner. This wasn't Pavone's first time on Fox. He was featured during the Terri Schiavo Fox News media circus and in the lead up to Obama's address at Notre Dame which the Catholic anti-choicers were all in a dither over. But the high point for Pavone, during the "Baby Joseph" thing, was his supposed "rescue" of the child during the cover of night. The reality was that the hospital (which got death threats during the Fox "coverage") handed the child over to Pavone for transportation to an American hospital. The child has just passed away and a good chunk of the article on Fox News.com consists of quotes from Pavone. Funny, neither the Fox News website nor Pavone's pals on Fox News seem to have noticed that Pavone's hero wings have been clipped. He's been suspended as "Priests for Life" head and has been recalled to his home diocese while the Church investigates whether his group has been involved in financial improprieties.

Despite Pavone's travels as an activist on behalf of the radical anti-choice cause, his home diocese is in Amarillo, Texas. The bishop of this diocese instructed Pavone to get his Roman collared ass back to Amarillo where the Catholic bishop cited concerns about a “potential financial scandal over the priest’s management of millions of dollars in donations." The bishop noted that contributions to Pavone's group, of which another Fox fave, Alveda King is part of, have been quite generous; yet “The financial questions and concerns have persisted with no clear and adequate answers since the time when Father Pavone was under two previous bishop ordinaries." Now that he can't shamelessly promote himself, Pavone is relegated to doing just ordinary priest stuff. He thinks that the accusations are a crock and is appealing them to the Vatican.

Comment: What, What - no Free Father Pavone campaign on Fox "News?"

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