Father Frank Pavone has been recalled by his bishop over financial questions concerning the administration of Priests for Life. CNS breaks the story here:
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Frank Pavone, one of the country’s most visible and vocal opponents of abortion, has been suspended from active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, over financial questions about his operation of Priests for Life.
The suspension was made public in a Sept. 9 letter from Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to his fellow bishops across the country, but Father Pavone told Catholic News Service that he was returning to Amarillo and planned to continue functioning as a priest there.
“My decision is the result of deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization,” Bishop Zurek wrote. “The PFL has become a business that is quite lucrative which provides Father Pavone with financial independence from all legitimate ecclesiastical oversight.”
I have no idea what’s going on here, but I do know of some of the great work done by PFL and Father Pavone. Whatever the truth, it will come to light. However, Father Pavone has done great good and merits our prayers. I pray for a quick and just resolution, and for Father Pavone’s spiritual health in the days and weeks to come.
Mostly, I pray for the quick restoration of Father Pavone’s good name. More Later.