Q. 1. Is the organization "Priests for Life" recognized by the Catholic Church?
A. 1. Priests for Life (PFL) is a Roman Catholic pro-life organization based in New York. It functions as a network to promote and coordinate pro-life activism with the primary strategic goal of ending abortion and euthanasia and to spread the Gospel of Life according to the encyclical of the same name written by Pope John Paul II.
It was founded by Father Lee Kaylor and Father Francis P. Filice, priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. On April 30, 1991, Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco officially approved it as a Private Association of the Faithful. The organization is listed in the Official Catholic Directory. In 2003, it was granted non-governmental organization status by the United Nations.
While primary membership is for Catholic bishops, priests and deacons, there is also a lay auxiliary membership, as it has the canonical status of a Private Association of the Christian Faithful. It has about 60 full-time paid employees. Its national director is Father Frank Pavone. Priests for Life exists primarily in order to show the clergy how to fight the culture of death.