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NEW YORK, August 6, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has issued a statement opposing President Obama’s appearance at a New York fundraiser dinner for Catholic charities in New York.

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“I’m all in favor of protocol and understand the difference between respecting the President’s policies vs. respecting his office. But there comes a time when the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal,” said Pavone in a statement emailed to LifeSiteNews.com Monday morning. LSN confirmed the president’s appearance last week.

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“There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to give people a reason to doubt our position as a Church.

“On August 1, the unjust HHS mandate went into effect for Priests for Life and millions of other Americans, and I announced to our staff that we are disobeying the mandate. So no, I don’t think the invitation is appropriate at this time.”

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