Not even faithful, popular clergymen are safe from 'cancel culture' - and leftist bigots who persecute those who resist their evil may now be found in the once holiest of places. The Vatican has defrocked an anti-abortion U.S. priest, Frank Pavone, for what it said were “blasphemous communications on social media” as well as “persistent disobedience” of his bishop who repeatedly told him to end his public support of Donald Trump.
Father Pavone's greatest 'crime' in the eyes of the left, though, is his staunch pro-life position. Indeed, the social media posts which the Vatican leftists claim were 'blasphemous' were in fact nothing more or less than posts exposing the horror of abortion
A letter to U.S. bishops from the Vatican ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Christophe Pierre, issued just a week before Christmas, said that the decision against Pavone, who heads the anti-abortion group Priests for Life, had been taken Nov. 9, and that there was no chance for an appeal.
Pavone has been in conflict with the bishop of Amarillo, Texas, for over a decade over his pro-life and partisan political activities that came to a head in 2016 when he posted a video of the remains of an aborted baby on two social media sites. The video was accompanied by a post saying that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform would allow abortion to continue and that Trump and the Republican platform wanted to protect unborn children. The statement, needles to say, was not 'political partisanship' but the simple truth.
On his website, Pavone details his version of what happened in the video. He also posted a transcript of what he said on the video.“Much of the criticism revolved around my having placed the baby on an ‘altar’ and some started getting into technical complaints about what should or should not be done with an altar. But to the extent that they want to get technical, so can I, and I pointed out that this was a table in our office, not a consecrated altar in a chapel,” he wrote.
“That table, sometimes used for Mass, was also the place where all my videos in this educational series of election broadcasts were made,” he continued. “In retrospect, I should have made the baby video in a different location so as to avoid any confusion to begin with.”
Pavone wrote in his account that the baby’s sad remains were given to him so he conduct a proper burial, which he did after making the video.
Pavone remains defiant, comparing his fate to that of the unborn:
“So in every profession, including the priesthood, if you defend the #unborn, you will be treated like them! The only difference is that when we are ‘aborted,’ we continue to speak, loud and clear.”
He later appeared in a social media video wearing a black leather biker jacket over his priestly collar against a faux backdrop of St. Peter’s Basilica vowing that the anti-abortion “war” would continue and denouncing the “cancel culture” of the church that he said had persecuted him for decades.
In a statement on his Priest For Life website, he said that his laicization was “the result of an abusive process” and that he was considering unspecified legal action against unnamed U.S. bishops.
His supporters immediately denounced the defrocking, including the bishop of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland, who referred to U.S. President Joe Biden’s support for abortion rights as “evil.”
“The blasphemy is that this holy priest is canceled while an evil president promotes the denial of truth & the murder of the unborn at every turn, Vatican officials promote immorality & denial of the deposit of faith & priests promote gender confusion devastating lives…evil,” Strickland tweeted.