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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Catholic Hierarchy Speaks Out Against Pelosi

Thank you to all the commenters who have been linking to the Nancy Pelosi story.

To summarize: On Meet the Press, Pelosi said that she was "an ardent, practicing Catholic" and that she had studied "for a long time" the issue of when the Catholic Church thinks life begins. (You can see a video and transcript of Pelosi here.) Pelosi said that the doctors of the church have not been able to make a definition over the centuries, that when life begins has been a matter of controversy in the Church, and that the current position about life starting at conception has only been around for the last 50 years.

Of course, what Pelosi said was completely untrue, so she must be lying about studying Church history or lying about what she learned.

What is great to see is that the Catholic hierarchy had an immediate response to Pelosi. Archbishop Chaput in Denver (where Pelosi is now staying for the Democratic Convention) fired back in very biting words:
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.....

Since Speaker Pelosi has, in her words, studied the issue "for a long time," she must know very well one of the premier works on the subject, Jesuit John Connery's Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (Loyola, 1977). Here's how Connery concludes his study: ..... [Exactly the oppposite of what Pelosi said.].....

Ardent, practicing Catholics [The good bishop is really going after Pelosi. Nice.] will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil......

Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it - whether they're famous or not - fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith.
What is even more exciting to see is that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops quickly issued a statement against Pelosi:
In the course of a "Meet the Press" interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.

In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law." (No. 2271)
A big thank you to our shepherds! Keep it up!

UPDATE: Washington, DC Bishop Wuerl and New York Cardinal Egan have also issued statements against Pelosi.

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