Rep. John Boehner refuses to speak to Immigration Reform Fasters
FAN ED Patrick Carolan joins Fast for Families at Hyatt Hotel asking Speaker Boehner to meet with them
Washington, D.C.--After hearing that Speaker Boehner would be at the downtown Hyatt Hotel yesterday evening, Franciscan Action Network Executive Director Patrick Carolan joined other fasters from the Fast for Families, including Dae Joong Yoon who recently finished a water only fast for 22 days straight, in asking Speaker Boehner to meet with the fasters, who have been camped out on the National Mall in support of comprehensive immigration reform since November 12th.
When approaching Speaker Boehner, FAN’s Patrick Carolan stated that he was a member of the Franciscan family, who has been fasting in the tradition of St. Francis for a week until a doctor ordered him to stop, and simply wanted three minutes of the Speaker’s time to speak with him about comprehensive immigration reform. The Speaker refused to acknowledge the fasters, and quickly got his car and sped away.
“Pope Francis has asked priests to be ‘shepherds living with the smell of the sheep’ and as an elected official and a fellow Catholic, Speaker Boehner should heed the Pope’s words and meet with the fasters down at the tent,” said Franciscan Action Network Executive Director Patrick Carolan, “There are thousands of people across the country who are fasting for comprehensive immigration reform, and Speaker Boehner would much rather shepherd the goats at the Hyatt Hotel, than speak with his fellow Americans down at the National Mall.”
The Franciscan Action Network has pledged to continue fasting with Fast4Families in support of comprehensive immigration reform and has had a Franciscan in the fasting tent on the National Mall since November 12th and hundreds of Franciscans fasting nationwide and around the world.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights.