Priest requests prayers for abortion practitioners
A US priest and director of Priests for Life, which operates the world's largest post-abortion counselling program, is calling on Christians to pray for the continued conversion of abortion practitioners.
Catholic News Agency reports that according to Fr Frank Pavone, hundreds of abortionists and their staff across the US experience repentance, conversion, and healing each year.
In a recent column, Fr Frank Pavone wrote about the Society of Centurions, an organisation for former abortion providers.
The organisation is named after the centurion in the Gospel, who stood at the foot of Christ's cross of Christ and suddenly became horrified at the crucifixion he was ordered to carry out. When Christ died, the centurion recognised Christ's innocence, dropped his sword and had a conversion.
Fr Pavone wrote of the pain these repentant abortion providers experience each day and their long road to healing.
He says in attempt to make amends and to bring about reconciliation, some former abortionists try to contact every woman on whom they had ever performed an abortion and apologise to her.
Fr Pavone explained that their conversion, as determined by Dr Philip Ney, usually comes about due to a combination of several factors, including evidence of the infant's humanity, a spiritual experience, personal distress, evidence of the mother's distress, scientific articles, being accepted as a person, a personal relationship with a pro-lifer, and pro-life pickets.
Priests for Life, which operates the world's largest abortion recovery program, Rachel's Vineyard, also assists former abortionists in their journey of healing and repentance.
According to the website of the Australian branch of Rachel's Vineyard (www.projectrachel.org.au), Project Rachel runs post-abortion retreats throughout Australia. Its upcoming national conference will be held in Sydney in August.
Priest requests prayers for abortion practitioners (CNA News 6/7/06)
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Rachel's Vineyard Australia (Project Rachel)
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10 Jul 2006