Priests for Life and the Ave Maria School of Law co-sponsored a symposium for clergy and attorneys in June of 2003. These symposium papers will give pastors a broader understanding of the law in this area, and assist them to fulfill their mission with greater confidence. There is much that pastors can do to call their congregations to active and informed participation in the political process. In documents like Living the Gospel of Life (1998), the US bishops have articulated such a call with clarity and passion. At the same time, many pastors remain unaware of the extent to which they can speak and act in this arena, and often believe they are far more restricted than the law actually requires.
In this collection of stirring and informative pro-life essays, Fr. Pavone convincingly portrays the negative ramifications that the abuse of freedom and the right to choose have unleashed on our society since abortion was legalized.
My Bible study has a new believer, Jeff, who is very liberal and very pro-choice; he is a lawyer and wants to run for office one day. I decided I would start praying for him and that God would reveal the truth. One day, out of the blue, he sent me an email asking me all kinds of questions about abortion. I have given him your book Ending Abortion. Last night he sent me an email saying that he was reading your book and that now he had made the decision to be pro-life! I was jumping for joy!
Your Book will be a special blessing for all those committed to the pro-life movement, giving us much food for thought, insights from experiences over the recent decades, and an agenda with concrete ideas and suggestions for the future.- Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit
This study guide, written by the clergy and pastoral associates of Priests for Life, can be used by individuals or groups as a side-by side companion with the Encyclical itself. It will aide in delving more deeply into the text and will stimulate reflection and discussion.