Mission: As a Private Association of the Faithful, recognized and approved under the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, and working in harmony with the goals of the Bishops' Pro-Life Committee and the local diocesan respect life offices, Priests for Life seeks to: 1. unite, encourage, and provide ongoing training to priests and deacons who give a special emphasis to the "life issues", especially abortion and euthanasia, in their ministries; 2. instill a sense of urgency in all clergy to teach about these issues and to mobilize their people to help stop abortion and euthanasia; 3. assist clergy and laity to work together productively for the cause of life; 4. provide ongoing training and motivation to the entire pro-life movement. All pro-life groups, whether Catholic or Protestant, recognize the benefit of the leadership of the clergy in the pro-life movement and often yearn for more of it. The pro-abortion community also sees the key role such leadership plays, as reflected in former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson's comment to the clergy, "We would have never gotten away with what we did if you had been united, purposeful, and strong." Means to Fulfill our Goals: With the co-operation of bishops and their respect life offices, Priests for Life provides a bi-monthly newsletter to priests and deacons. It is also available to the general public. We offer pro-life seminars and retreats to both clergy and laity. With the permission or their respective ordinaries, the National Director and Associate Director travel the country full time to meet with priests and pro-life groups. Priests for Life offers a wide range of audio and videotapes and brochures, and regularly uses the media of television, radio, and the press to spread the message of life.Funding comes solely through tax-deductible donations.
This charity sent a certified letter to an elderly relative asking for money. She was extremely upset, as she had been donating regularly for years. That is shameful. Any nonprofit worth their salt DOES NOT send certified letters unless there is a legal issue or deadline. They also DO NOT enclose envelopes with stamps on them, as that is a way to cut costs and donors are usually happy to provide a stamp.
The fact that I would never, in a million years, contribute to such a narrow-minded organization has nothing to do with my anger at the approach they used with my relative.
The Administrative costs are a high percentage. I understand that Fr. Pavone receives no salary; however, there are those that do. I have been looking for those salaries on line because I need to know the amount those salaries take from the charity. Unfortunately and even within the boundaries of our Church, there are thieves among the sheep. In the last audit given (2010), salaries list $2, 146,994. That is a huge amount for a charity with about 50 employees, which I read in another one of the financial reports. No mention of number of paid employees is given in this audit. At a time when I am struggling to meet my meager living costs AND looking for work, I need to be prudent about giving. I would love to give to this organization and especially in the wake of Storm Sandy; however, I am dismayed at the hugeness of the salaries and if anyone of the employees is making more than $30,000.00 a year, that is way too much. Most of our teachers if we are lucky to have a school, make less than that!! Whatever time I donate, that's money never earned and done in the spirit of charity. Thank you Fr. Pavone for your immense love and charity; however, I would greatly appreciate more transparency on the salaries of those who are employees..and the number. Thank you.