Now we hear Pope Benedict to meet Pelosi
In a move likely to stoke more controversy about whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights are in line with the church, Pope Benedict XVI has granted an audience to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Catholic News Agency confirmed Monday that Pelosi (D-Calif.) is to meet Wednesday with Pope Benedict XVI, who has said supporters of abortion rights should not receive Communion.
Here is what Pelosi has said about abortion:
Ed posted a transcript:
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…
She lied. Pure and simple, lied.
Any practicing Catholic (ardent or not) knows that the Catholic Church is unequivocal about abortion, and it has been for the length of the Church’s existence.
In addition to her eccentric lies about abortion and the Catholic Church, Pelosi also claims that
“Communion is the body of the people of the church coming together,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference after returning from the mass. “I feel very much a part of that.”
Maybe in some Protestant churches but in the Catholic Church the Eucharist is a sacrament,
“the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”
What that means, in plain English, is that you either accept all the doctrines of the Catholic Church (abortion included), or you don’t have Communion.
Catholic dogma is not a salad bar. You don’t get to pick and choose.
Let’s hope Nancy had time to brush up on her Catechism while the private jet was flying her there. Oh, to be a fly on that wall
It’s always exciting when a notorious heretic meets the Pope.
The Anchoress was praying for Nancy a while ago.
While her mother’s in the Vatican, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter has a documentary coming up on HBO. How such a piece gets on a major cable network remains for speculation, considering that Michael Leahy calls it “This is less a documentary than a reason for a snarky laugh track.”
I don’t think Nancy will be doing much laughing while visiting Pope Benedict.