Priests for Life’s Frank Pavone won’t set up abortion-fighting community

An interesting note: Port Chester native the Rev. Frank Pavone, a leading figure in the culture wars as head of Priests for Life, has abandoned plans to form a religious community of priests focused on fighting abortion.

father-frank_shadow.jpgPavone founded the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life only two years ago. The fledgling community, based in Amarillo, Texas, has nine seminarians.

But Religious News Service reports that Pavone decided to end the experiment because it was getting in the way of his primary goal, which is of course fighting abortion.

Pavone founded Priests for Life in 1991 as a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, with the blessing of Cardinal O’Connor. But after Cardinal Egan asked him to take a parish position, Pavone found his way to Texas, where he continues to work as one of the most high-profile Catholic voices on the religious right.