Fr. Scott Daniels, OP
Priest Associate, Priests for Life
Q. Fr. Daniels, maybe you could start off by telling us
why you are interested in joining Priests for Life at this point in your
A. Over the past several years, I have distinctly perceived
God’s call to work full time for the defense of the unborn. I find too little
said on the matter of abortion and less preached from our pulpits. Abortion -
like contraception - has become so deeply ingrained in our culture that even we
priests seem to have forgotten that the Gospel condemns aspects of the culture
that are contrary to both Divine Law and Natural Law. This conviction to work
for the innocent unborn - and their parents - has been accompanied by a deep
awareness of these Holy Innocents crying out to us - “Where are you and what are
you doing to save us?” Quite frankly, my mind and heart have been animated with
the reality of Judgment Day where all the innocents will be present and they
will ask us all - “Did love not compel you to come to our rescue?”
Q. Where did you first hear about Priests for Life?
A. I first heard about Priests for Life through E.W.T.N.
Q. Tell our readers something about your experience
as a priest in the pro-life movement. What do you think that priests in
particular can offer the pro-life movement?
A. My experience in the pro-life movement began when I started work as a
high school chaplain six years ago. My involvement increased gradually. Three
years ago, I came to St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. The school has a
fine reputation for its pro-life activities. For twenty plus years Mrs. Sharon
Masterson, Director of Communication and Sports Information for St. Benedict at
Auburndale, has led the students to Washington, D.C. for the annual pro-life
March and spear-heads all pro-life related activities. Through her influence, I
have become ever more deeply aware of the need for more people of good faith to
come forward and dedicate their lives to saving the unborn. I truly believe that
priests are especially invaluable to this ministry. It is from priests at the
altar offering the Mass, in the Confessional reconciling souls to God and in the
pulpit proclaiming and preaching the Gospel that the Church hears the truth.
Q. What individual talents and/or interests do you hope to contribute to
Priests for Life?
A. I am convinced that my Dominican formation/education as well
as my experience with young adults will be of great benefit to Priests for Life.
Reaching younger generations through preaching and teaching will help to reverse
the conditioning of moral relativism they have received from the culture.
Q. Fr. Daniels, you will be the first Dominican priest to work for Priests
for Life. Do you think the Dominican charism has something special to offer our
A. The charism of preaching is all important for the Church.
Although preaching is not unique to the Dominicans, the emphasis on preaching as
our charism informed by veritas - our motto - will serve the pro-life
cause well since we are charged with preaching truth as interpreted by the
Church. St. Dominic was always a vir evangelicus working always in
medio ecclesia. We, as his sons, are to follow his example to be totally at
the service of the Church and the Magisterium. Again, in my discernment, there
more important issue facing the Church and humanity today than the life
issues and promoting the dignity of every human person from conception to
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