I’m a Laura Igraham fan, so, as usual, I’m ticked. Why? Read on:
Let me give you the short version: the seamless garment crew doesn’t like some of Laura Ingraham’s ideas. She was set to speak at a PRO-LIFE dinner, not an immigration policy dinner, for goodness sake! I’d also like to point out that it’s a pro-life group which has worked with the diocese in the past, and, really, what could their beef be with them? Despite that, the diocese has directed their parishes not to advertise for said dinner.
Let’s take a look:
Catholic Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima, Washington, has disconcerted members of his flock over his stance on a pro-life charity event. Diocesan officials are discouraging parishes from advertising a dinner being hosted by Image Point Mobile Medical Services, a private non-profit that maintains and operates a mobile medical unit that offers services at the site of abortion providers that including counseling and ultrasound. The organizers are hoping to raise money for another mobile testing facility for Image Point.
You’d think the diocese would be totally behind bringing a mobile pregnancy clinic where it’s needed the most. You know, places like clinics where women are about to walk in for an abortion. They are, apparently, successful enough that they are looking to get yet another mobile testing facility. Yay for them!
An email missive from a diocesan official to the priests of the diocese cited what was called Image Point’s alleged failure to “collaborate in a meaningful way with the Diocese,” after having received a grant from the Knights of Columbus. In his email, Monsignor Robert Siler, Bishop Tyson’s Chief of Staff, wrote:
Let’s just pause for a moment. “Collaborate in a meaningful way with the Diocese”?!? What the heck does that mean? And before they say that, they might want to read their own website, which has plugged Image Point’s events before (likely because there wasn’t much being sponsored by the Diocese of Yakima itself). From the diocesan website (http://www.yakimadiocese.org/articles/447-january-pro-life-activities-in-yakima):
January Pro Life Activities in Yakima
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in our country, two community events are being planned in the Yakima area, along with whatever events will be held in local churches.
On Saturday, January 19, the Yakima Valley Walk for Life will begin at St. Paul Cathedral, 1206 W. Chestnut Avenue, at 1 p.m. Following a prayer service in the church, participants will walk down Yakima Avenue to Millennium Plaza. After the concluding prayers there, participants will gather at Madison House Youth Center, 402 S. Fourth Street, for fellowship. Transportation will be provided for those needing it to return to St. Paul’s.
The Walk for Life is being sponsored this year by Image Point Mobile Medical Services, with support from the Diocese. Another event by the Diocese is planned for the first weekend of October, when the Catholic Church observes Respect Life Sunday.
Tuesday, January 22, is the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The second annual Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life will be celebrated at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral. A dinner will follow. Priests and deacons of the diocese are welcome to concelebrate, and the Diocese would be honored to have Protestant clergy join us. For more information, contact Monsignor Robert Siler, firstname.lastname@example.org. To RSVP for the dinner, contact Diana Aparicio-Sosa at the Diocese: email@example.com
Granted, this was a few years back, but it’s what I could find when I googled “diocese of Yakima prolife”.
Back to the article:
“Second, the speaker they have invited, Laura Ingraham, while having a positive pro-life witness including her personal choice to adopt three children from other countries, is a strident opponent of many of the immigration positions held by the US bishops. As such, her visit to Yakima sends a profoundly mixed message to our community. As a very public figure with a national audience, she is held to a higher degree.”
Laura Ingraham is a Catholic, who also is a well-known radio/television commentator and attorney. She is also the editor-in-chief of the LifeZette news service.
The email from Monsignor Siler concluded, “Given these two points, it is not appropriate to advertise Image Point’s event in any way. This isn’t about advertising future events, as will we make those decisions on a case by case basis and should be brought to me.”
Given what two points? The point that Image Point apparently doesn’t do enough for you and that Laura Ingraham is a public person? Please. No, really, please. Please point out where Laura Ingraham contradicts Church teaching? Cite the document. You can’t, can you?
Again, I’d like to reiterate that this is a pro-life dinner use to raise money for a pro-life organization which is crucial and successful in saving babies from, you know, death. But Miss Laura isn’t going all seamless garment, so let’s just try to blow up a fundraiser for a group who’s doing a job you are not – being at ground zero to save lives.
I’d like to issue a challenge to the Diocese of Yakima. First, please read “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion” (https://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/cdfworthycom.HTM). Note that not all topics carry the same weight and we are free to disagree on many things, but not abortion, euthanasia, etc. Also, cut out the seamless garment crud you have here, and act like babies are being killed. You put out this pastoral plan, but your diocese has little to no plan, period. http://www.yakimadiocese.org/articles/468-pastoral-plan-for-pro-life-activities
Yes, I know I’m repeating but this is kind of important. Act like babies are being killed! Do you know how long I had to look to find your “pro-life” page on your website? Here it is with two little blurbs from goodness knows when http://yakimadiocese.org/ministries/cornerstone-ministry.
I also looked at their “PREPARES” ministry. It’s needed, but it’s not aimed at stopping women from entering an abortion clinic. Perhaps Image Point doesn’t partner with you in any meaningful way because you aren’t doing anything resembling their goal with their ministry?
Ingraham fired back, saying that it is “disconcerting” to see her standing as a “good Catholic” used to suppress turnout for the fundraising event. She said, “By disseminating this warning to parishes, the Diocese is in violation of Canon Law and hurting a pro-life group that it couldn’t control.”
Go, Laura! How can someone in good conscience try to torpedo a pro-life organization whose sole mission is to keep babies from dying and their mothers being permanently harmed? Do you REALLY think Laura Ingraham is coming to a pro-life event to talk about immigration? Get a clue.
For his part, Monsignor Siler said that the diocese has not made public any criticism of Ingraham in what he called “an internal communication to our pastors.” Moreover, Siler said that it is not the intention of his diocese to embarrass or pick a fight with Ingraham, but that it is the right to promote events that “best uplift our Catholic teachings in their entirety.”
One more time, read Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion. There are non-negotiables and there are other things. It’s ridiculous to injure an organization because they’re not jumping on the “let everyone immigrate” bandwagon. In fact, they haven’t taken a position on this at all. They are trying to raise money for their pro-life organization, and bringing in a notable, entertaining pro-life speaker is going to bring in a lot of money. I will say this, I’m reasonably sure that everyone who’s sick and tired of this stupid seamless garment babbling is going to go buy tickets for this dinner now. I know I would if I lived anywhere within a few hours of Yakima. So, I suppose we should all say thank you to the diocese for their bumbling maneuvers in the pro-life arena.
Ingraham was incensed at the clarification. “So are we now saying that Catholics should ignore the rule of law and that only those who seek to dismantle our borders can speak credibly on pro-life issues? For some reason the diocese is intentionally undermining a pro-life organization and personally attacking me. I would have expected more in this Year of Mercy.”
LOL! As if I thought she really needed my help. I’m writing for me. She can more than handle herself.
This is not the first time that Bishop Tyson has crossed swords with pro-life Catholics. He once called off an annual March for Life that had been a decades-long tradition. In another instance, the Hope Medical Group received financial assistance from the Knights of Columbus to acquire ultrasound equipment. Because the grant was to an organization within his diocese, a signature from Bishop Tyson was required on a one-page form and thus grant his consent, sources say. Bishop Tyson refused, and then piled on by barring the pro-life organization from advertising in parish bulletins or seeking Catholic volunteers. He has also barred yet another pro-life group, 40 Days for Life, from functioning in his parishes. Many other dioceses have embraced the group, however.
How pro-life and merciful of you, Bishop Tyson. I feel sorry for the day when you meet the children aborted because YOU decided groups weren’t perfect enough for you and didn’t lick your boots. I hope parishioners in the Yakima diocese simply decide to stand outside their local parishes (on the sidewalk where most people consider freedom of speech legal) and advertise this dinner. I also hope the Knight of Columbus continue to fund this great organization. The Knights have, lately, really had to step up around the country to do the right thing in the face of adversity coming from the wrong places!
Reflecting a focus on the needs of the mostly Spanish-speaking immigrant community in the region, the diocesan website features material in English and Spanish, and has “Multicultural Ministries” to “honor the sacredness and interdependence of individuals and cultural groups.” Some priests in the diocese contend that the bishop leans towards the left in political matters and do not agree with him on issues relating to immigration.
Hey, you want to go multi-cultural, great. It shouldn’t affect the saving of babies, though. Babies who, I might add, are disproportionately minorities! How about a priority of saving their lives FIRST? Can’t have multi-cultural events with people who have been killed, can you?!
In November 2015, Bishop Tyson expressed an open-ness to serving Syrian refugees coming to the United States. While he said in an interview that improved screening by the federal government may be necessary, citizens should not lose sight of the fact that refugees are fleeing persecution. In an interview with KAPP-TV, a local Catholic, Gilbert Martinez said “The church is supposed to be serving like a church, not involved in other things from another country or the wars or this or that.”
Hey, I don’t have trouble with refugees, and I highly doubt Laura Ingraham does either. We might disagree on the best way to handle them, but we certainly want to keep people from HAVING THEIR HEADS CHOPPED OFF!!! There are ways to make sure they are thoroughly vetted. The government isn’t interested in that, but the Church certainly can do it. While I don’t have a lovefest for Glenn Beck, his organization is doing it the right way. They are going over there, meeting with the pastors, and identifying people who truly do not want to harm us and who are truly in harm’s way. He was even placing Catholic refugees with Catholic parishes. He’s not playing the “I won’t help people of different faiths” card. Want a refugee who doesn’t want to kill Americans, Bishop Tyson? Call somebody who is doing that despite being a mean ol’ conservative.
In conclusion, please help Image Point reach their fundraising goals, despite Bishop Tyson’s best efforts to the contrary, by donating at https://www.servicenetwork.com/olg/ipm/Donate.asp?Frequency=Monthly It’s Lent. Give up those mochas and donate to them. Let’s save women and their babies!