Rabid pro-abort on National Review Board

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Nov 01, 2004

Last month, at CWN, we reported that Pamela Hayes, a member of the US Bishops' National Review Board, was one of three members who have donated money to John Kerry. Of course this isn't news: I reported on her political donations, all the way back in July 2002 when she was appointed to the board.

But now Hayes has responded to questions about her political contributions. And she doesn't even attempt to explain it away.

"I've contributed to a lot of pro-choice candidates, and so what? So what?" Hayes told the Register. "What are they going to do about it? If they don't like it, then don't put me on the board. If they've got a problem with that, you tell them they've got a problem."
She doesn't just acknowledge her pro-abortion activism, she's openly defiant about it. This is who the bishops think should represent the laypeople of the US on their board? Notice that of the three openly pro-abortion members who were on the board at the beginning of October, Hayes is the only one who remains after a re-stocking with new members.

And she doesn't attempt to pretend that she's trying not to be a "single-issue" voter, but states openly that abortion is her most important value:

Hayes characterized support for abortion as the key political issue for her. “If they’re pro-choice and they’re Democrat, they’re my kind of candidate,” said Hayes, who grew up Catholic, attended Catholic schools in Manhattan and belongs to Manhattan’s St. Aloysius Parish.
And what is the official response of the US Bishops' Conference?
Bill Ryan, deputy director of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said neither he nor other officials at the conference would comment about the pro-abortion views expressed by Hayes. “It would be inappropriate to comment on the views of an individual board member,” Ryan told the Register.
Why not? Is it evil to promote abortion or not? Way to go, Bill. Yet another message has been sent to US Catholics: Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life just isn't that important.

By the way, Pamela Hayes is now on the board of directors of the National Catholic Reporter. Excuse me if I don't look surprised.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 9:07 PM ET USA

    Bishops and clergy have no call on us unless they think, speak, act on orthodox belief, but that sure leaves us hanging out to dry. Many decades since we had a real bishop where I live, but to say that out loud to 95% of the "Faithful" is to be counted a nut. Generally no confessions, open clerical hostility to discipline, rampant feminism, ambiguous pro-life, Pollyanna drivel, vile clerical behavior, etc. Why is it happening? Re-read "Lord of the World" for a possible answer.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 02, 2004 10:09 AM ET USA

    This is actually a good thing. I am glad she stated it in this manner rather than trying to gloss over it. Pamela Hayes loves abortion, worships abortion and shoved it right in the bishops faces. I guarantee they won't do a thing.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2004 11:30 PM ET USA

    That is so wrong! The fox is guarding the henhouse it seems. How have we gotten to the point where such blatant disregard for Church teaching is not only tolerated, but REWARDED? Every time she's given a position of responsibility while thumbing her nose at Church teaching reinforces her dissent and does her a serious disservice.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2004 8:15 PM ET USA

    Sadly it is no surprise about Ms. hayes. Two other appointees would not even discuss the matter. Bishop Gregory seems to place a LOW PRIORITY on pro life. Do the Bishops not know how actions like these sorry appointments diminish their stature with the faithful? American Bishops, with few exceptions are a weak lot! The more I see the Bishops in action; the worse I feel about the future of the American Church.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2004 2:36 PM ET USA

    St. Joan of Arc parish in Abp Harry Fynn's diocese has agreed to comply with an order to remove all gay material from their parish website. Harry was kind enough to inform us that this order came directly from the Vatican. What do we need Harry for? What do we expect of the USCCB when it is populated with the likes of Harry? I mean what qualifications are required to collect the religious tax on the parishes and keep the diocesan mansions warm? Whatever it is it doesn't include reading.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2004 2:30 PM ET USA

    You know you can't have everything. When your top priorities are feminism, nuclear warfare, lobbying the state lawmakers to take more and more of the plebs money in order to fund the welfare state, extoling the divine gifts of sodomy, fornication and adultery, making those who wish to trash their covenantal vows feel better, then something has to give. Apparently, our USCCB has left the catechesis of Catholics up to Planned Parenthood and the DFL. How much more blessed can we get?