Friday, August 25, 2006

Clergy society to fight abortion

AMARILLO - A Roman Catholic priest who counseled Terri Schiavo's parents as they fought to keep her on life support broke ground Thursday evening on a home for his unusual society of clergy dedicated to fighting abortion. The new group, called the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, is considered an "apostolic" society of the church and will operate under the authority of Amarillo Bishop John Yanta. The Rev. Frank Pavone, head of the advocacy group Priests for Life, founded the organization. "This is not a response to some kind of political problem or a misguided court decision," Pavone told about 150 people attending the groundbreaking for the first of eight buildings planned. "This is a response to Jesus Christ. "That's why you and I are committed to raising up priests and raising up countless others who will make it not a hobby, not a part-time activity but will make it their life's vocation to restore protection to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters." Yanta and other bishops from around the state, including Bishop Charles Grahmann of the Catholic Dioceses of Dallas, who recently announced his resignation, wore hard hats during comments from Yanta, Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler, and Norma McCorvey, who was Roe in the landmark Roe vs.

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