The scandal surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to re-define Catholic teaching on the beginning of life and abortion continues to escalate. Today, Pelosi stuck to her guns, despite universal condemnation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. That's right: Nancy Pelosi knows more about Church teaching than the more than 100 Catholic bishops in the United States. That makes her one thing, and one thing only: A blow hard. In a move that only cements that definition, the indelicate Madame, uh, Speaker, fired back at protesters chanting, "Drill here! Drill now!" at her energy policy news conference in Denver yesterday. Pelosi, doubtless pleased at her sense of humor, retorted:
"Drill here? Drill now? Right here? You want to drill right here? Can we drill your brain?"
Also, doubtless, she could give a flip that many unborn babies are killed by abortionists drilling into their skulls. Madame Tone Deaf? Or Madam Heartless?
But that's not the only unwelcome greeting Pelosi has received since landing in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs vehemently corrected her distortion of Catholic teaching on life in this statement (click here) as did Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver and his Auxiliary Bishop, James Conley in this statement (click here). It reads in part:
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. ...
Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today's religious alibis for abortion and a so-called "right to choose" are nothing more than that — alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.
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. (Emphasis added.)
Pelosi's own Archbishop, George Niederauer, is rumored to write on her fallacy Friday. But this, by Rick DelVecchio, was posted today at Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocese's weekly publication. Already, the archdiocese has posted the rebuke from the USCCB.
Combine this with the very visible (see Rosslyn Smith at The American Thinker) pro-life march in Denver to a Planned Parenthood facility (that the mainstream media ignored), and which included Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and one must wonder if Pelosi has converted more to the pro-life cause than any judicial decision. That Newsweek published a column on the issue by George Weigel, the authoritative biographer of John Paul II, proves miracles do happen, especially during adversity. In fact, Denver is alive with pro-life activism as Larry Anderson reports here, at The American Thinker.
No matter what one believes about abortion, the purposeful misstatement of a revered institution's position has no other explanation other than to mislead out of lust for political power. If Pelosi has an honest disagreement, state it, and leave the Church. Faith is about Truth and The Truth cannot be compromised as can a political issue. Faith is dogma. Religions don't change to meet transient notions.
On the other hand, no one forces anyone to remain in a church with which they cannot agree. Pelosi owes Catholic Americans an apology, now.