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Canon Lawyer on Father Pavone’s Dismissal from Priesthood: Only the Pope Can Issue a Decision Without Appeal

Pope Francis at a Wednesday Papal audience in 2013. Then Father Frank Pavone, celebrating Mass at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2021.

Pavone, 63, is the longtime national director of the pro-life organization Priests for Life who is well-known for his pro-life activism, politically charged social media posts, and public support of former president Donald Trump.