Anti-abortion priest-activist suspended by Amarillo bishop
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:57:44 GMT —
Rev. Frank Pavone, a nationally known anti-abortion priest activist has been suspended by Amarillo bishop Patrick Zurek after accusations of financial mismanagement.
Bishop Zurek has ordered Rev. Pavone to stop his work outside of the diocese and return to Amarillo for "prayer and refelection."
According to a release from CatholicsForChoice.org, Rev. Pavone is being suspended as a result of concerns about financial improprieties. The Associated Press reports that Rev. Pavone is accused of failing to account for millions of dollars in donations.
Pavone is the head of Priests for Life which has a $10 million annual budget.
"My decision is the result of deep concerns regarding his stewardship over the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization," Bishop Zurek wrote in a letter to all U.S. Bishops. "The PFL has become a business that is quite lucrative which provides Father Pavone with financial independence from all legitimate ecclesiastical oversight."
Pavone is known across the country for speaking on the anti-abortion issue. He gave the sermon at the funeral of Terri Schiavo. A bishop's spokesman did not respond to request for comment.