Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cause Way Thursday
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Pesach: Passover
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Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach is the one most commonly observed, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. According to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), more than 80% of Jews have attended a Pesach seder.
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Exodus 12:14-17
And this day shall become a memorial for you, and you shall observe it as a festival for the L-RD, for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you observe it. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove the leaven from your homes ... you shall guard the unleavened bread, because on this very day I will take you out of the land of Egypt; you shall observe this day for your g
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Passover this year starts Saturday April 19 at sunset. Coincidentally, this is the regular time of shabat, or sabbath. The traditional seder meal is held on the next day, Sunday April 20.

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Is this what you mean?
by Fr. Frank Pavone
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Members of the pro-life community have been fed up for a long time with public servants who can't seem to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. They want to mask the violence of abortion with the smooth language of "choice," and they don't want to lift a finger to extend the freedoms -- whose merits they praise -- to the neediest members of our human family, the children still in the womb.

Some of these individuals hold public office, and others seek it. This type of politician is found in both major political parties. And Church leaders have been hesitant to d
iscipline such individuals, even as many of them claim to profess the Christian gospel.

This election season, it's time for that to change. No matter what politicians or voters or Church officials are or are not going to do, it's time that we draw a line in the sand and tell candidates and office-holders alike: If you're going to take a position on abortion, then you're going to have to come clean about what it is. We are no longer going to let you obscure or trivialize the issue. Whether people agree with you or not, you owe it to them to be honest about what you're talking about.

Therefore we issue this simple challenge to honesty: We will describe abortion to you, and you tell us if that's what you're talking about. We just want to make sure that we're hearing you. When you say "abortion," we want to make sure we're all talking about the same thing.

I recently posted two videos on YouTube in which I describe and demonstrate
the two most common abortion techniques, using the actual instruments of abortion and the words found in medical textbooks and court testimony. Go to and you will see the links to these videos, as well as brief quotes you can use from abortionists themselves.

[To get to the videos directly, click here and here.]

Then simply ask pro-choice politicians (whether they're candidates or already in public office) if this is what they mean when they say "abortion." Yes or no. Ask it publicly. Ask it repeatedly. Ask it at town meetings, on blogs, in editorials. Those whose support they are seeking deserve to know.

Rev. Frank Pavone is the National Director of Priests For Life.
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