Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pope Scolds Pelosi On Abortion; Pelosi Acts Like Nothing Happened

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I guess, wants to be a "selective" Catholic. This is not an issue of religion or abortion or gay rights.

This is an issue of hypocrisy. And The Pope, justifiably, called her out on it.

The point is that Pelosi, by claiming to be "an ardent practicing Catholic", yet advocating heavily for pro-choice causes, championing contraception and supporting gay rights, is not acting very Catholic.

She tried to explain her mindset last August on Meet The Press, where she claimed that "the doctors of the church" have not sufficiently defined "life".

But like most religious tenets, faith is involved. Faith, trust and acceptance. You do not get to pick and choose which "rules" you believe in.

You cannot, for example, believe in 8 out of 10 Commandments and believe it's okay to cheat on your spouse and kill someone, right?

From The Associated Press:

Pope Benedict XVI received Nancy Pelosi, one of the most prominent abortion rights politicians in America, and told her Wednesday that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development." The U.S. House speaker, a Catholic, was the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the U.S. Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.

The Vatican's attempts to keep the Pelosi visit low-profile displayed its
obvious unease with the new U.S. administration. Benedict and Bush had found common ground in opposing abortion, an issue that drew them together despite their differences over the war in Iraq.

The Vatican also said - contrary to its usual policy when the pope meets world leaders - that it was not issuing either a photo or video of the encounter, claiming the meeting was private.

Benedict said all Catholics - especially legislators, jurists and political leaders - should work to create "a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development," the Vatican said.

Pelosi, for her part, did not even mention the pope's allusion to abortion.

In a statement issued by her office, Pelosi said it was with "great joy" that she and her husband Paul met with Benedict.

"In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel," Pelosi said.

"I was proud to show His Holiness a photograph of my family's papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren," said the California congresswoman, who has often expressed pride in her religious heritage.

I find it quite amusing Pelosi failed to acknowledge the abortion lecture. Is she simply in denial? Or acting like a child who had disappointed her father?

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1 comment:

  1. Who cares what the pope says. He protects child molesters and Antisemites.