October 6, 2011 ( – Amarillo Bishop Patrick Zurek has released another public statement concerning Priests for Life President Fr. Frank Pavone.  In it, the bishop notes that he will have a private meeting with Fr. Pavone on October 13, 2011, and invites all concerned to join him in prayer for both Fr. Pavone, the bishop himself and for “a fruitful and productive dialogue.”

“In the end,” says the letter, “it is my desire to see [Priests for Life] and all pro-life ministries flourish.”

(Read the complete letter here.)

Bishop Zurek explained his reasons for recalling Fr. Pavone to the diocese saying:

As a diocesan bishop, I am obligated to show concern for the well being and ministry of all our priests. I support with no exception the various ministries that the priests of our Diocese carry out for the Common Good of the Church.  Thus, I am seeking clarifications and answers to concerns about the administration of the PFL organization and other related entities of which Fr. Pavone has a leadership role.

Principally, I called Fr. Pavone home to his Diocese of Amarillo because of my concern for him as one of my priests.  The relationship of a bishop to a priest is one of a father to a son and a brother to a brother. I have asked him to pray and reflect on the sacramental ministerial priesthood that he and I share in Christ Jesus.  It has been my desire to have a direct and clear dialogue with all our priests.


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