Setting the Record Straight

Contrary to what some of his supporters contend, not everyone who criticizes Barack Obama is a racist. The fact is, unless these Obama apologists are complete morons, they know that this is nonsense – even while they are in the midst of making the charge. It's a shabby little game in which the "race card" is deployed as a way to cut off any criticism of Obama.

There is a parallel phenomenon in the Christian community and, in recent days, I have seen it first hand as a result of my defense of Father Pavone. Because I have helped to expose the contemptible actions taken against him by his bishop, the "anti-Catholic" card is now being played against me.

Let me be perfectly clear about this. While the people doing this are certainly entitled to their own beliefs, they are not entitled to their own facts. Here is just a tiny part of what they are conveniently leaving out of the equation.

Since I started Life Dynamics, well over half my employees have been Catholic, including three of my personal assistants. The attorney who represents us is Catholic. The majority of our donors are Catholic, and the only person I have ever given authority to make major decisions for Life Dynamics other than me is Catholic.

In addition to Priests for Life, I also work hand in hand with groups like Human Life International (HLI), American Life League, Pro-Life Action League and numerous other Catholic organizations. I was very close to HLI founder, Father Paul Marx, and remained in regular contact with him until his death. It may also surprise some to know that Father Marx was a faithful and long-time donor to Life Dynamics. In 2002, I received the first annual Cardinal Von Galen Award from HLI and, in 2004, I was given the Cardinal O'Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award by Legatus. I was also given the 2009 Blogger of the Year award by American Life League.

Moreover, I have consistently made it clear that the Catholic Church and its associated organizations were on the frontlines of the pro-life battle when the vast majority of my fellow Southern Baptists were perfectly comfortable looking the other way. I have also shown no reluctance to publicly defend the Catholic Church or state that, without its commitment to this cause, there would have never even been a pro-life movement.

I could go much further down this track, but the point is that these efforts to portray me as "anti-Catholic" are absurd and despicable. The people doing this are motivated by the fact that I do not ascribe to the view that the Catholic hierarchy, or any other church's hierarchy, is to be installed upon a pedestal and given authority that is absolute and beyond scrutiny. In their minds, that makes me "anti-Catholic" in the same way that criticizing Obama's stimulus plan makes someone a racist in the minds of some hardcore Obamanistas.

In fairness, it should be noted that self-pious bigotry is not a disease that only infects Catholics. Over the years, many non-Catholics have felt the need to call my office and warn me that if I continue to associate with Catholics – or as they describe them, "that cult of cloven-hoofed heretics" – I will eventually find myself with a window seat on the Hell Bound Express. Regrettably, a couple of these nitwits have checked in with me in the last couple of days. It seems they are quite amused that a bunch of Catholics would like to see me rotating over a low flame because of my aggressive defense of a Catholic priest.

The irony about this is that none of these people would now be attacking me if I had simply abandoned Father Frank when Bishop Zurek dropped him in the grease. Of course, it may not be ironic at all. It could be that it reflects the simple reality that these people are just opposite sides of the same coin – though both would become enraged at such a suggestion.

Before closing, I want to bring up a couple of other issues. First, notice how quiet the pro-choice mob is being. Obviously, these people understand the concept that when your enemy is in self-destruct mode, the smartest thing to do is keep your mouth shut. My prediction is that, once all of this is resolved, they will have plenty to say.

Second, I can assure you that if the things that are going on behind the scenes of this regrettable situation are ever made public, the people who are now blindly defending Bishop Zurek are going to be stunned at what they learn. I can also assure you that these revelations will not be coming from me.

Finally, I want to make you aware of an interesting phone call I received yesterday. It was from Dr. Levon Yuille who is an African-American pastor in Michigan and unwavering defender of the unborn. He told me that, a couple of years ago, he was giving a speech at a pro-life banquet and that, afterward, he was milling around chatting with a small group of attendees. He said that he can't remember why but, for some reason, Father Frank's name came up. At some point in the conversation, he said this well-dressed woman standing nearby suddenly blurted out that, "Father Pavone is getting too big for his britches and we're going to take him down."

Dr. Yuille said he found this incident bizarre but that he had forgotten about it until he heard what Bishop Zurek was doing. After some discussion, we both concluded that it is a long shot to assume that her statement and this situation are related. But who knows?

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Today, the 8th of October, I was stunned to watch Mr. Crutcher's video report on his visit to Fr. Pavone, and I am now in the process of watching Maafa21. Are these related? Oh yes, because Mark knew when he wrote his superb documentary that economic interests have always been front-and-center in the ongoing destruction of Black America. Now in the case of Father Pavone and the unborn millions of people who are dying in the abortion holocaust, it is economics which are again front-and-center. No, not the 'jealousy' and ambition of Bishop Patick Zurek. Mr. Crutcher needs to do more homework. The elite want the destruction of the American economy, and the evidence is on every news channel. The banking system now has an international agenda, and the survival of the USA itself is now a target. The moving of U.S. industries overseas for the past 15 years certainly necessitated rising unemployment Stateside, but this blow was softened somewhat because of the lower birthrate. Now fewer live babies are needed than ever. How timely that this scandal with Fr. Pavone coincides with Congress' voting next week on H.R. 358, the Protest Life Act, which is all about Obamacare funding abortions. Again and again, I have tried to explain to Catholics that there are political considerations behind this whole mess in Amarillo. The heart of the Fr. Pavone story is so obvious that we are all missing it. Politics. No, not Church Politics, National Politics. In 2008, Fr. Pavone was outspokenly anti-Obama. In 2010, Fr. Pavone paticipated in the protest against Obama speaking at Notre Dame University. The Presidential election is next year. Right now, Obama's poll numbers keep sinking. Obama needs every vote he can get to get re-elected. So how does this look to Obama and his people? Fr. Pavone needs to be taken out. This is National Politics, Chicago-Style. Where does Bishop Zurek come in? According to Huffington Post columnist Father Alberto Cutie (Episcopalian), Sept. 19: "His bishop in Amarillo is certainly much more progressive than he is, so there could be some ideological clashes there..." Okay, do these "ideological clashes" translate into the Bishop's Democratic associations? Those associations include a relationship with former Mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza. Garza appointed Bishop Zurek to serve on his Committee on Integrity and Trust in Local Government for the city of San Antonio. Ed Garza, sharing the Democratic leanings of other Hispanics in Texas, endorsed Obama in 2008, saying: "Senator Obama's unique ability to bring people together and bridge partisan divides make him the best candidate to bring change we can believe in." Fr. Pavone is being targetted by very powerful people, including multinationals. UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) is an abortion provider in China which was found complicit in the coercive implementation of China’s One Child Policy, following an investigation headed by Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2001. Coercive implementation includes fines, detentions, forced abortions, forced sterilizations, beatings, and home destructions. Obama stated that he “strongly opposes” forced abortion in China. Really? Then why did he restore funding of the UNFPA? Now, sweetening up Obama’s class warfare strategy, Warren Buffett may claim to pay less taxes than his secretary (in fact, with the current level of sleght-of-hand accounting practices, perhaps he pays zero), but he is the director of Berkshire Hathaway, and that organization is one of the largest donors to abortion clinics in America. There are people who are now advocating a One Child Policy worldwide. A One-World Government, put into place after the panic of a carefully planned worldwide financial meltdown, would institute many draconian regulations. Fr. Frank Pavone would be an encumbrance in this Brave New World, wouldn’t he? Oh, but all these comments of mine must have been spawned under my tinfoil hat. I would say to other Catholics that the prophecies relayed by the Lady of La Salette to Maxim and Melanie should be re-read. You are not living today in the world you want to think you are living in.
# Posted By Cheryl-Helene | 10/8/11 1:02 PM
God bless you, Mark, for all that you do for Fr. Pavone! You are a true friend to him and a man of courage! I admire you greatly!
# Posted By Mike | 10/10/11 10:47 AM
Mark, I've read several articles you have written and come onto the Life Dynamics website often. This is one Catholic who backs you 100% and does NOT consider you anti-Catholic. And I think there are many more out there like me. Keep on doing what you're doing; and thank you for it.
# Posted By Bob F59 | 10/10/11 12:50 PM
Mark, prior to reading this entry, I posted a comment at your previous entry about Father Frank. After reading this I just want to make clear that my previous comment was in no way intended to accuse you of being "anti-Catholic." I only wanted to point out that those who are not of the Catholic faith do not always understand our ecclesiastical model. This is understandable, and my comments were intended to provide information that may have been lacking for some folks. Thanks and God bless!
# Posted By Eleanore | 10/10/11 12:54 PM
Mark, thank you so very much for being a TRUE friend to Fr. Pavone when in need! We are praying for Fr. Pavone to resume his pro-life priestly work ASAP. God bless you for your relentless quest for the truth to be told. It's Friday but Sunday's comin....Fr. Pavone
# Posted By Rita , M.E.V. | 10/11/11 8:10 PM
I hope when the smoke clears that the comfort the enemy has taken from this situation can move to the forefront of everyone's mind.
# Posted By Billy | 10/14/11 3:58 AM
Mark as a catholic I commend your defense of Fr Frank. You sounded an alarm with that video. I live in Alabama,and most of my fellow pro-life advocates are southern baptist too.They hold Fr Frank in high esteem,and they are shocked and dismayed at what's occurred.It's 33 days(and counting)now.Bp Zurek continues with his smoke and mirrors act.It's a scandal and a matter of grave concern to the pro-life movement
# Posted By Don | 10/16/11 1:01 PM
I am not calling you anti-Catholic, Mark. I am saying that you do not understand the bond of obedience a priest has to his bishop. Even when the bishop is mistaken, obedience is owed by the priest. Bishop Zurek is not asking Fr. Pavone to do anything sinful: he is within the bounds of his authority. God does not need Fr. Pavone to save babies. He is asking Fr. Pavone to grow in trust and faith. You would do better to help him do that. It is difficult for a Southern Baptist to understand this, but it is part of respecting Catholic belief and practice.
# Posted By Regina | 10/19/11 2:41 PM
Thank you Mark for defending Fr. Pavone! As a lifelong faithful Catholic, I have seen up close the absolute corruption of some of the Bishops. We have many wolves in sheep's clothing.
We also have many cowardly shepherds who sit by and watch as their sheep are led astray and devoured. And now we have a holy priest being outright persecuted. Thank you so much for
speaking the truth. That is a pro-Catholic act.
# Posted By kris | 10/21/11 6:12 PM
I would never think of you as anti-catholic! And I'm only sorry you’re bearing the pain of misunderstanding. May God sort out this whole situation quickly. As for the Bishop, my first thought was of something St.(Padre) Pio once said. He admitted that he was afraid of Satan - of the way that he can twist the mind and confuse the thoughts of even of good people if they are not careful to watch for his deceits. He slips in by way of pride, or when he can't tempt someone to do outright evil, he seduces them to believe they are doing some “good” that is contrary to God’s will. Fr. Frank’s testing has been permitted by God, and he has shown his true character to the world. He has been humble, respectful to his Bishop and obedient to his vows. It may be that his obedience and humility will draw down from God even greater graces than would have been possible were he not tested and proven in this way. We should all be on watch that we might not be “used” by the enemy to destroy the works of God and please pray for the Bishop. He needs our prayers perhaps even more than Fr. Frank.
# Posted By Michelle | 10/30/11 10:32 AM
Thank you, Mark, and you, too, Michelle. We do need to pray for Fr. Frank, and all priests, and Bishop Zurek, and all bishops. And all Christians, and people of good will and promoters of abortion and victims of promoters of abortion. I agree that Fr. Frank will be blessed with many graces by the Lord for his obedience. So many great spiritual leaders have been tested, and, while they bore the scars of their ordeals, they also bore the marks of the sufferings of Christ in their souls, if not in their flesh. Fr. Frank is doing what I had hoped another priest would do: he is being faithful to his vows and is, indeed, showing humility, courage, patience and charity. I'm keeping him and all these in my prayers.

Peace be with you, Mark, Michelle, all the others who have posted here.

"For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
# Posted By Disciple96 | 12/9/11 6:24 AM

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics