Father Frank Pavone: I Am Voting for Donald Trump and Pro-Life Voters Should Too. Here’s Why

Father Frank Pavone: I Am Voting for Donald Trump and Pro-Life Voters Should Too. Here’s Why

STEVEN ERTELT OCT 10, 2016

Donald Trump has been the subject of significant criticism over the last few days for a video showing him making crude and disgusting remarks about women.

The criticism of Trump is deserved. Those kinds of sexist and sexually aggressive comments towards women have no place in society and are certainly not the kind of remarks expected from somebody seeking the office of the presidency.

But when it comes t evaluating which presidential candidate to vote for, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says Hillary Clinton’s steadfast support for abortion makes it so he will be voting for Donald Trump — and he urges pro-life voters to vote for him too.

“The lewd comments, made over a decade ago and for which Mr. Trump has apologized, and which I, like everyone else, find repulsive, do not in the least change my intentions of voting for him, of urging others to do so, and of advising his campaign,” Pavone told LifeNews.com via email today. “The reason is simple: this presidential election is not about a choice between him and someone better; it’s between him and someone far worse.”

“Moreover, it is not ultimately about either one of them, but rather the good of the nation as reflected in two things: a) What will they do, and b) Who comes into power with them,” Pavone added.

Here’s Pavone’s full statement:

a) What they will do. As for what they will do, the qualifications needed for signing the right kinds of legislation or nominating the right kinds of justices do not involve what lewd comments one may or may not have made. They involve, rather, actually being voted into the Oval Office.

A vote is not a character endorsement or the passing of some kind of virtue test. A vote means that of the current viable options, this is the person most likely to advance the common good.

I hope my doctor is virtuous, but when it comes to treating me, whether he has made lewd comments doesn’t enter into the equation. And if an emergency medical technician is saving my life or that of a loved one, I really couldn’t care less, in the midst of that emergency, whether he has made lewd comments or committed any sexual sin.

This is an emergency moment for our nation, and there are only two options right now for who will take the helm. Beggars can’t be choosers.

b) Who comes into power with them. It is easy to focus on the faults and positions of a candidate, but we also have to consider whom they bring with them into power. Who sits in the Oval Office determines who sits in the office of Vice-President, Secretary of State, Secretary of HHS, Attorney General, Surgeon General, and literally thousands of other positions.

And the worldview, philosophy, and policy preferences of all those people will correspond to the platform of the party to which they belong. When we vote for a President, we vote for a party and for a whole army of people, many of whom will be ten times stronger and more qualified on the issues than the President him or herself — and will lean ten times harder in the direction of the party platform.

This affects the courts, too. All the major decisions of the Supreme Court recently have been 5-4 decisions. We have a court split right down the middle, and the next President will shift that court strongly either to the left or the right — either toward defending life or destroying it, either to preserving the freedom of the Church or snuffing it out, either to preserving marriage and family or redefining them with new transgender definitions.

Do lewd comments of a decade ago by one man really outweigh the concern that moral corruption will be set into stone in public policy and court decisions for decades to come?

Additional Reflections

What an incredible reparation Mr. Trump is making now for any past faults by the very fact that he is running as the Republican nominee for President, and is ready to nominate the right kind of judges and sign the right kinds of legislation, which will steer our nation away from so many morally corrupt public policies. A penitent sinner could hardly have a more substantial opportunity to make reparation.

Repentance for the past is Mr. Trump’s current stance (as that of so many Americans!); continuing in a morally corrupt policy posture is the current stance of the Democrats

It takes a great deal of moral courage, actually, to take the step Mr. Trump is taking by running for public office. He knows his past and knows what will be brought up about it. Yet he is willing to move forward both personally and professionally for the good of the country. The Lord is the one who says, “Your sins I will remember no more.” The one who is known as the “accuser” is the devil.

It is particularly hypocritical for the other side, whose policies and worldview (like that of Planned Parenthood) destroy and distort any meaning that human sexuality has, should be concerned about sexual behavior and comments. Sins of the past are one thing; embracing a bankrupt view of sexuality today, and in public policy, is worse.

Finally, according to Pope St. John Paul II, a government that authorizes the killing of babies by abortion has become “a tyrant state” (Evangelium Vitae, 20). This is not just about one issue; it’s about the very nature of the state, the type of government we have. The Democratic Party and Mrs. Clinton believe that when they are voted into power, they have authority over human rights, a veto power over the right to life. That is a tyrant state, moral corruption institutionalized in policy. That’s far worse, and far more monumental, than anyone’s personal faults, past or present.

Agree or disagree, pro-life voters will have to make the decision for themselves whether Hillary Clinton’s abortion advocacy is worse than Donald Trumo’s disgusting remarks about women.

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12 comments on “Father Frank Pavone: I Am Voting for Donald Trump and Pro-Life Voters Should Too. Here’s Why

  1. [Before CatholicVote.org Calls for Trump to Step Down in Wake of Leaked Interview (CNA/EWTN NEWS 10/10/2016)]

    Donald Trump’s letter to CatholicVote
    www.catholicvote.org/trumpletter/
    Here is the letter that Donald Trump sent to CatholicVote.org. Click here to see the original letter in PDF form.

    Brian Burch
    President, CatholicVote.org
    P.O. Box 259837
    Madison, WI 53725

    October 1, 2016

    Mr. Burch,

    Thank you for writing me on the critical issue of religious freedom and the growing concerns of Catholic voters. Like you, I understand the many ways this issue impacts millions of Americans, especially those cared for by Catholic hospitals and charities or students educated in successful Catholic schools today. Religious freedom is our First Freedom, and it must be respected.

    Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!

    I grew up in New York City. I have tremendous respect for the role of the Catholic Church in helping build New York, as well as other cities and communities across the country. Dedicated Catholic priests and religious leaders have built hospitals, schools, churches and charities while Catholic workers helped build our roads and bridges and started countless thriving businesses.

    As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don’t care if people call it politically incorrect.

    The priorities that the next President will need to establish are not known at this time. Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix. If Congress considers legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment.

    Very respectfully,
    Donald J. Trump

    • Thanks for catching the wimp-out of Catholic Vote, Tom. Too bad. They didn’t have to say anything. Now, instead of supporting the candidate who would defend the Church, they’re supporting the candidate who said that the Church must update and support baby killing??

  2. I’ve been a Trump supporter since the beginning. I’ve despised both the Democrat establishment and the Republican establishment for years because they are both lick the same globalist, leftist, Illuminati and NWO hands.
    Does it really surprise anyone that Hillary, her campaign and the Democrats despise Catholics?
    Yet there will be people who call themselves “Catholic” voting for Hillary and the Democrat Party on November 8, still believing erroneously that they are the “party of the people”.
    The Democrat Party Kool-Aid still flows plentiful for many liberal “catholics”
    Trump/Pence 16!

    • Evil Unmasked: Ryan and the boys openly side with America’s enemies.

      If they won’t support their own candidate in a two-person race, which candidate does that leave unopposed?

      Vic Biorseth, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
      CatholicAmericanThinker

      There are three things the Establishment Republicrat Party will not do:

      1. Oppose anything the Marxocrat party does to America,

      2. Impeach anyone for anything;

      3. Win a Presidential election against the Marxocrat Party.

      They just keep proving it. This ain’t Lincoln’s Party. But then, the Marxocrat Party ain’t Jefferson Davis’ Party, either. Both of our unconstitutional Parties have taken on evil lives of their own, having long outlived their original purposes for being.

      The Parties themselves are unconstitutional entities that are running the Constitutional American government completely outside of and in spite of the Constitution anyway, but that is not what I’m talking about here. I’ve about worn myself out beating that dead horse.

      The current Republicrat Party, with Paul Ryan, at least by all visible appearances, leading it, simply will not unite behind Donald Trump to win the Presidential election against Madam Hillary. Which means that they would rather have Madam Hillary as President than Donald Trump.

      And it figures, since they have not stopped one single thing on the entire Obamunist agenda. Since Madam Hillary, who is now the official Marxocrat Party’s champion in this race, intends to double-down on everything Obamunism has done to us and put it all on steroids, it stands to reason that Ryan and the boys will not oppose her agenda, either.

      Why should they? What’s the difference?

      If they have never opposed him, why would they ever oppose her?

      The Republicrat Party is now too fractured and factionalized to unite behind any issue, and purposely so. Intentionally so. They have no single voice or purpose for being. Some of the factions are:

      1. The “Establishment” Republicrats, in cahoots with the Marxocrats, fellow members of the Crony Donor-Owner ruling class “Social Club” that runs both Parties, and super-sensitive to the possibility of losing their club membership cards.

      2. The True Constitutionalists, like Ted Cruz, forming far too small a faction to wield any meaningful power.

      3. The “Libertarian” faction, inattentive of the Constitution and afraid of the moral issues, or, more likely in most cases, secretly supporting immorality.

      4. RINO Republicrats, or Republicrat In Name Only; actual Marxocrats ensconced within the Republicrat Party body.

      The “Establishment” Republicrats are the only ones with any real power, and they never use that power to oppose the advance of Marxism in America. No matter what the Marxocrats do, the Establishment will never effectively oppose it. Words only; not actions. Their lies are therefore more insidious than the lies of the Marxocrats. At least we all know where the Marxocrats are coming from.

      The only thing the Republicrat Party may be counted on to oppose is members of their own Party who oppose the Establishment Club Rules. That’s it. That’s why they opposed Cruz; that’s why they oppose Trump. That’s why they do not effectively oppose the Marxocrat Party or the Obamunist agenda. Even to the point of not impeaching anyone for high crimes against Constitutional America.

      The evil goal of Ryan’s Party seems to be to lose the House and the Senate to the Marxocrats, so that a President Trump, if he wins despite all their efforts to defeat him, he will then be blocked by a Marxocrat Congress from undoing the unconstitutional damage of Obamunism, and perhaps stop him from doing anything positive for America.

      Why else would Ryan purposely break up the Republicrat Party at this crucial moment in the Presidential race?

      But, as we showed in Breaking the System and Restoring the Constitution, there is much he can do over the top of the Congress, if he discovers the Constitution and uses it as a club with which to beat unconstitutionalism, everywhere it resides.

      At this political moment, only Trump may be able to restore America.

      Don’t laugh. Abraham Lincoln was no saint, before he assumed office. It was the office itself, and the terrible responsibility, that humbled him to his knees and turned his face to God. Look at his words, before and after assuming office, and you will see what I mean. Especially his second inaugural address. His conversion happened in office, because of the office. If he was an imperfect Christian, he was a serious Christian, but he became a serious Christian only after the crushing weight of national responsibility landed on him, like a ton of bricks.

      We have seen Trump move toward Christian morality and decency in this very contest. I am praying that that movement might accelerate under the weight of the Presidential office itself, as it did with Lincoln.

      Trump may be a vulgarian, granted; certainly not more than any typical Marxocrat, less than most, and probably the same or not much worse than general male society at large. That’s a long way from being evil. He is not deceptive. He is open and above board. If he is not perfect, well, neither is Ryan, and neither are we.

      And neither was Lincoln. And neither was Saint Francis, before his conversion.

      Donald Trump is the best shot America has at this crucial moment.

      Don’t just vote for Trump. Pray for him, too. American needs him now.

      • Exactly. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and the other establishment neocon globalist and their other like minded ilk in the Republican Party turned me off to voting for them years ago. As I said in my first comment there’s really no difference between the Bush’s, the Clinton’s The Romney’s etc. They all belong to the Illuminati and the NWO crew. And that includes the heads of the WSJ, the modern National Review etc. Trump is no saint, neither is Hillary, but when these elitist and globalist pseudo conservative moralist hypocrites like Paul Ryan who are offended at what Trump said off the cuff 11 years ago to a bunch of other men have no qualms about rolling over like cowardly dogs when they had a chance to defund PP, protecting the “religious freedom” of Catholic bakers and florists from homosexual militants, securing the border, stopping adding to the national debt by denying BHO from raising the debt ceiling etc then their phony and cowardly colors came out for all to see. If Trump loses, and this corrupt and lying hag becomes president, then the persecution of the Church, Her members, the unborn and of the affirmation of natural law will be increased and what’s left of the Bill of Rights will be toast.

      • Michael J. Gaynor
        October 12, 2016

        Message to Paul Ryan: A Good Catholic Would Do His or Her Best to Stop Hillary Clinton and Support the Alternative, Donald Trump, Enthusiastically

        Vulgar words should not be spoken, even in a private conversation between two men, of course, but such vulgarity pales before the mocking of Catholics, or Evangelicals, or Jews.

        Catholics and Evangelicals are among those sorely disappointed to learn that 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had spoken crudely in a private conversation with a member of the Bush family more than a decade ago.

        Pauk Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Catholic Republican and former alter boy who sends his children to Catholic school and chose not to run for President himself this year, withdrew his unenthusiastic support for Trump as a result of the public disclosure of Trump’s bad words.

        Then Wikileaks public released something much worse: Clinton World email mocking Catholics and Evangelicals.

        God works in mysterious ways.

        What will Ryan do now?

        Is Ryan humble enough to admit that he should be enthusiastically supporting Trump and beginning doing so?

        Does Ryan realize that God works in mysteries ways?

        Does Ryan realize what God can do with sinners?

        Does Ryan remember that a sinner named Saul became a saint named Paul and helped mightily to spread Christianity throughout the world?

        Does Ryan respect America’s Catholic pro-life champion, Father Frank Pavone.

        Father Pavone recently stated:

        “These unfortunate comments from Mr. Trump’s past should not affect pro-life voters at all in terms of how they vote in the presidential race, because the alternative to Trump is monumentally worse – not only in terms of the candidate personally, but of the entire army that follows him or her into so many offices like secretary of state, of HHS, surgeon general, attorney general, and thousands of other positions, not to mention the courts.

        “We don’t just elect an individual to the presidency; we elect an entire army of people whose worldview is marked by the party platform.

        “Moreover, in light of the specific faults of Mr. Trump, I offer the following observations:

        -Voting for someone isn’t a score on a personal virtue test; it is a transfer of power in order to qualify someone to do a job, which includes signing bills into law and nominating judges. The ability to do that does not diminish because of sins committed in the past.

        -Either we have a religious test for office or we don’t. A religious test doesn’t only mean that the candidate does not have to adhere to any particular confessional creed; it also means that the candidate does not have to have lived up to one.

        -What an incredible reparation Mr. Trump is making now for any past faults by the very fact that he is running as the Republican nominee for president and is ready to nominate the right kind of judges and sign the right kinds of legislation, which will steer our nation away from so many morally corrupt public policies. A penitent sinner could hardly have a more substantial opportunity to make reparation.

        -Repentance for the past is Mr. Trump’s current stance (as that of so many Americans!); continuing in a morally corrupt policy posture is the current stance of the Democrats.
        It takes a great deal of moral courage, actually, to take the step Mr. Trump is taking by running for public office. He knows his past and knows what will be brought up about it. Yet he is willing to move forward both personally and professionally for the good of the country. The Lord is the one who says, ‘Your sins I will remember no more.’ The one who is known as the ‘accuser’ is the devil.

        -It is particularly hypocritical for the other side, whose policies and worldview (like that of Planned Parenthood) destroy and distort any meaning that human sexuality has, to be concerned about sexual behavior and comments. Sins of the past are one thing; embracing a bankrupt view of sexuality today, and in public policy, is worse.”

        Father Pavone is absolutely right.

        St. Paul saw the light and repented.

        Anyone can.

        We are imperfect, but not irredeemable.

        Reverend Jesse Jackson, a Democrat presidential hopeful, was embarrassed when his anti-Semitic remarks went public in 1984.

        The Washington Post, which has been focused on stopping Trump, told the story this way (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/frenzy/jackson.htm):

        “Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to Jews as ‘Hymies’ and to New York City as ‘Hymietown’ in January 1984 during a conversation with a black Washington Post reporter, Milton Coleman. Jackson had assumed the references would not be printed because of his racial bond with Coleman, but several weeks later Coleman permitted the slurs to be included far down in an article by another Post reporter on Jackson’s rocky relations with American Jews.

        “A storm of protest erupted, and Jackson at first denied the remarks, then accused Jews of conspiring to defeat him. The Nation of Islam’s radical leader Louis Farrakhan, an aggressive anti-Semite and old Jackson ally, made a difficult situation worse by threatening Coleman in a radio broadcast and issuing a public warning to Jews, made in Jackson’s presence: ‘If you harm this brother [Jackson], it will be the last one you harm.’

        “Finally, Jackson doused the fires in late February with an emotional speech admitting guilt and seeking atonement before national Jewish leaders in a Manchester, New Hampshire synagogue. Yet Jackson refused to denounce Farrakhan, and lingering, deeply rooted suspicions have led to an enduring split between Jackson and many Jews. The frenzy also heightened tensions between Jackson and the mostly white establishment press.”

        Trump did not deny his vulgar words.

        Trump apologized for them.

        Vulgar words should not be spoken, even in a private conversation between two men, of course, but such vulgarity pales before the mocking of Catholics, or Evangelicals, or Jews.

        Ryan needs to understand that, repent HIS political sins and work harder than he has ever worked before to elect Trump President of the United States and make America great again.

        Ryan should do so now, because it is critical that Trump instead of Hillary Clinton wins.

        Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

  3. Speaking of vulgarity…
    Someone who thinks Ayn Rand is the father of conservatism was shocked by Trump’s vulgar locker room talk? Rand wrote odes to predatory fornication. If her admirer from Wisconsin is upset that Monsanto might lose its supply of cheap slave labor, pretending to be morally superior doesn’t hide the vulgarity and banality of admiring the crackpot cougar of pseudo-philosophical narcissism.

  4. re: editing

    No, he thinks she’s the father of conservatism. Nathan Blumenthal (Branden), her henpecked and disguarded lover, was the submissive partner. Ayn wore the pants, while chain smoking. Randian Objectivism, Libertarianism, and American conservatism, get confused in the addled minds which defer to this vulgar and banal narcissism as the pseudo-philosophical basis for opposing collectivist and statist ideologies.

    From the old National Review (December 28, 1957 – 13 years before the Wisconsin speaker was born):

    “Big Sister is Watching You”

    Read more at: www.nationalreview.com/article/213298/
    www.nationalreview.com/article/213298/big-sister-watching-you-whittaker-chambers

  5. Some of them apparently view her that way, whatever her twisted, androgynous dilemmas of role reversal may have done to her personal life and mind. At least some of the Randroids from the GOP’s fiscal cartel wing seem to think that that fiscal laissez-faire model of conservatism is conservatism, focused on corporate profits above the welfare of the American middle class, their employment rate, their schools, or national sovereignty. Who cares if someone’s flyover town is flooded with foreign head-chopping, anti-Christian barbarians and drug gangs, as long as it helps the economy, the flow of consumer goods, and the CEO’s stock profits, right? Is it surprising that an Ayn Rand groupie sees no problem with Hillary taking over in the White House? It will be a BIG problem if she gets to pick Supreme Court appointments. The problem is Hillary and her totalitarian agenda, not Trump’s skanky past and bawdy Tourette’s mouth.

  6. Trump Sings Dylan
    (DVD only $19.95)





    “All I Really Want To Do”

    I ain’t lookin’ to compete with you
    Beat or cheat or mistreat you
    Simplify you, classify you
    Deny, defy or crucify you
    All I really want to do
    Is, baby, be friends with you.

    No, and I ain’t lookin’ to fight with you
    Frighten you or tighten you
    Drag you down or drain you down
    Chain you down or bring you down
    All I really want to do
    Is, baby, be friends with you.

    I ain’t lookin’ to grab your stuff
    Snort your snuff or feed you fluff
    Pay for you or play for you
    Marry you or divorce you
    All I really want to do
    Is, baby, be friends with you.

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