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TITUSVILLE, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A priest is denying Catholic media reports that he is distancing himself from the Trump campaign.
At the direction of Church authorities, Priests for Life National Director Fr. Frank Pavone resigned on Friday from his advisory positions in the Trump campaign, but he is denying any and all suggestions that his support for President Trump has diminished.
In a Monday press release, Pavone set the record straight.
"I see headline after headline, article after article, by Catholic outlets that have given zero coverage to my years-long advocacy of the President, but now want to make it look like I'm distancing myself from him or reducing my commitment to his re-election," he said. "Nothing could be farther from the truth."
He then took the opportunity to re-emphasize the choice the nation is facing in November. He explained why distancing himself from Trump could never be an option.
As if we are supposed to distance ourselves from the most pro-life president in history and instead embrace Biden who wants no restrictions on abortion and wants us to pay for it. ... As if we are to back away from the president who is supporting the freedom of the Church more than the bishops are, and instead embrace Biden who wants to restore the [Health and Human Services] mandate which various dioceses, Priests for Life, the Little Sisters and numerous others fought all the way to the Supreme Court. ... As if we are to back away from the president who defends America and instead embrace the Biden-Sanders vision of socialism. ... As if we are supposed to distance ourselves from President Trump, who advocates for the rights of students to pray in school and speak their mind on campus and the rights of parents to send their children to Catholic schools or any other school of their choice, and [who] does countless other things that benefit the Church and our security and prosperity as Americans.
According to the press release, the Vatican requested that Pavone resign his official positions on Trump's re-election advisory boards. However, Pavone made clear that his support for the Trump campaign will continue. Pavone calls himself an independent but says he has not renounced his human right to speak on political matters.
"It is a moral obligation for me and for all of us in the Church — clergy and laity alike — to point out the moral corruption of the Democrat platform. I will sacrifice my life before failing to do that," Pavone declared.
Pavone was appointed in January to serve as co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump. He was the only Catholic clergy serving on the committee of 36 prominent pro-life activists, including Ed Martin (Phyllis Schlafly Eagles), Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer (Family Research Council) and Tony Perkins (Family Research Council).
In June, Pavone joined Mercedes and Matt Schlapp, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and other prominent Catholics to launch another coalition, Catholics for Trump. Pavone was asked his thoughts about President Trump holding up the Bible in front of St. John's Church.
"It was glorious," Pavone said.
He then drew a contrast between President Trump and fake Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"President Trump is actually implementing what the Bible says," Pavone pointed out. "Pelosi represents a party that is doing the opposite."
Fr. Pavone told Church Militant that for the next 99 days he will be devoting himself to the 2020 election.
"I'm not only going to be campaigning for the President but for every Republican candidate," he enthused.
Pavone says the order that he resign from official service on the advisory boards came in the context of his being cleared to transfer to another diocese.
"The Congregation for the Clergy has cleared me of all suspicions and smears. They asked if I had an official role in the Trump campaign, and I said 'yes,'" Pavone detailed. "They simply asked to resign my official role. The only thing that has changed is I'm not on the advisory boards with a title; and if anything, my activities have intensified."
Pavone believes the country hangs in the balance.
"This is an unprecedented moment of choice. This [Democratic] Party is set to ruin America. I love my country. We cannot let the Democrats have one ounce of power."