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Nancy Pelosi’s War on Catholic Doctrine
Pope Joan II mangles history and theology in one short interview
Not content to be merely Speaker of the House, on Meet the Press last Sunday she elevated herself to Pope.
MR. BROKAW: Senator Obama saying the question of when life begins is above his pay grade, whether you’re looking at it scientifically or theologically. If he were to come to you and say, “Help me out here, Madame Speaker. When does life begin?” what would you tell him?
REP. PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And Senator–St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose. Roe v. Wade talks about very clear definitions of when the child–first trimester, certain considerations; second trimester; not so third trimester. There’s very clear distinctions. This isn’t about abortion on demand, it’s about a careful, careful consideration of all factors and–to–that a woman has to make with her doctor and her god. And so I don’t think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins. As I say, the Catholic Church for centuries has been discussing this, and there are those who’ve decided…
To call this statement a lie is to simply devalue the very meaning of the word. This is nothing short of dragging Truth through the streets on a hurdle and burning it at the stake. It has prompted at least two Catholic bishops — the normally said Archbishop Wuerl of Washington and the more conservative Archbishop Chaput of Denver, to repudiate her statement..
Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, citing the teaching responsibility entrusted to bishops, issued a statement late Monday that read, in part: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.”
Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and his auxiliary bishop, James Conley, said in a statement posted on the archdiocesan Web site: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.”
Abortion “is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it,” the statement continued.
This is one of those rare areas where there is actually no debate. Since the earliest days of the Church abortion has been viewed as an irredeemably evil act. That hasn’t changed. For reasons known only to them, Pelosi, and a lot of other what my colleague Tom Crowe once termed Catholycs, want to support abortion and claim to be Catholic. Maybe they like the outfits or something. I don’t know. But if they can’t have the decency to at least keep their mouth shut while supporting yet another intrinsically evil behavior the least they could do would be refrain from making up Church history and doctrine.