This morning I received another request for money from Priests for Life. This was my reply:
Dear Father Pavone,
I have always supported you and Priests for Life.
But I have to say that now, in light of the difficulty between you and Bishop Zurek, I think you should give it a rest for awhile. Stop asking for money and support. Stop speaking and defending yourself in the court of human opinion. Just stop. Take some time away from the battle. Rest and re-create.
Give the Holy Spirit a chance to work. Sometimes silence is best.
The more urgent pleas I receive from Priests for Life, the more I feel uneasy. The fight against abortion requires financial support, yes. But even more, it requires unity among the faithful. And I find it unseemly that you continue to ask for "the largest gift you can possibly make".
Truthfully, I found it unseemly before this latest business in Amarillo. I don't like to be asked constantly for money in the most urgent ways. It smacks of the psychology of fundraising, and I don't like to be manipulated.
Rae Stabosz, regional co-coordinator, 40 Days for Life - Wilmington, DE