The Vatican defrocked Priest Father Frank Pavone, a pro-life advocate, this week due to alleged “blasphemous” social media posts and defiance of his bishop. However, Pavone has pledged to keep exposing the abortion industry, Democrats, and “the Swamp.”
In a letter sent to American bishops, written by the Vatican ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre explained that the decision was made in the beginning of November, and “there was no chance for an appeal,” the Associated Press (AP) reported on Sunday.
In a social media post Saturday evening, Pavone stated, “We have only just begun exposing #abortion, exposing the Democrats, exposing the Swamp (in both the state & the church).”
“One of the tactics of them all is that they think they can get away with their evil and shut the rest of us up. Wow, have they underestimated their opponents!” he continued.
In a later post, Pavone wrote that in any profession, if one advocates for the unborn, “you will be treated like them! The only difference is that when we are ‘aborted,’ we continue to speak, loud and clear.”
A number of his followers expressed their support. One person wrote, “Father as a cancelled priest, I feel what you feel, but in the end our rewards for standing up for the Truth, for Christ and His Church will be eternal happiness with Our Lord and Blessed Mother.
“You are in my prayers! God bless and keep you in His Care!” the user continued.
“Love and prayers coming your way Father Pavone… God sees everything and He wins in the end… less of all of us …more of Him,” another commented.
The AP report stated that the then-Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, investigated Pavone after he placed an aborted baby on an altar and posted an online video in 2016.
This outlet added: “In his letter, Pierre cited information from the Congregation for Clergy that Pavone had been laicized—he can no longer present himself as a priest—after being found guilty in a canonical proceeding ‘of blasphemous communications on social media and of persistent disobedience of the lawful instructions of his diocesan bishop.’ The letter was first reported by Catholic News Agency.”
Pavone was said to have been given numerous opportunities to protect himself and to submit to the authority of his bishop.
In July 2020, Pavone, who created Priests for Life and is a Breitbart News contributor, stepped out of an advisory position in former President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in order to follow the instructions of “competent ecclesiastical authority,” according to Breitbart News.