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Pelosi In Denial Of Pope’s Admonishment

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Pope Benedict XVI agreeing to meet with Sen. Nancy Pelosi, 3rd in line for the United States presidency is enough to make Catholics’ blood boil. But there is precedence for popes to meet with U.S. Catholic politicians that defy Catholic doctrine when Pope John Paul II met with pro-choice Catholic presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1985. The Vatican, though does not allow any photographs and makes no fanfare announcements of meetings with Catholics who are not in good standing, making the meeting simple and matter of fact to reinforce the Church’s position to the world.

Facing criticism about mixed signals, the Vatican issued its statement immediately after the meeting broke up.

“His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death,” it read, “which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”

Not only was it unusual to issue a statement after a meeting with an official who’s not a head of state, routine Vatican declarations after diplomatic meetings also generally sum up the range of issues discussed rather than concentrating on a particular point.

In that sense, the statement can only be read as a rejection of Pelosi’s statements last summer, and, in general, of her argument that it’s acceptable for Catholics in public life to take a pro-choice position.

What is shocking is that Pelosi has the audacity to ignore the Pope’s admonishment in her press release. She instead chose to make her recall a mockery of the “It’s all about me” audience with the soft-spoken Catholic leader.

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.

Pelosi’s Ignorance Of Catholic Doctrine


Written by smalltalkwitht

February 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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