Can the Pope Get Through to Pelosi?


Nancy Pelosi has had plenty of reminders of her stance on abortion and how it is, you know, totally incompatible with being a Catholic. Even her own bishop has repeatedly informed her of the public scandal she is causing. And he is still waiting to meet with her in person about it – but Nancy seems to be dragging her feet. (I wonder why?)

Update (thanks Clayton): Pelosi did actually meet with her bishop last week. He clearly explained her moral obligations as a Catholic and she clearly still refuses to abide. Interesting read on it here. It would seem prudent for her bishop to take further action now.  We’ll see what he does.

Anyway, today she met with Pope Benedict XVI in person. She either has absolutely no shame or a whole load of guts. Aside from her not recognizing the total embarrassment of constantly misrepresenting Church teaching on human life and then still calling herself a Catholic, she somehow finds it in her (after trying to avoid every chance to meet with her own bishop) to confidently stand in front of the Pope.

Then she proceeds to thank the Pope for his work in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming – no mention of the enormous elephant in the room, of course. Good thing Pope Benedict has never been afraid of elephants.

Apparently he did indeed address her staunchly anti-life, pro-abortion positions and reminded her that they are totally incompatible with our moral obligations as Catholics:

“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 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.” – Vatican statement

We don’t know exactly what the Pope actually said or how he said it, but it seems it was rather gentle. The Pope is a wise, loving man. Perhaps a gentle, loving approach will convert the nominally “catholic” Pelosi to Catholicism? I pray so.

Lord knows public embarrassment, chastisement, extreme shame, threat of being denied communion, the culpability of leading Catholics astray through grave public scandal, and the continued slaughter of innocent unborn children don’t seem to have phased her. Maybe this will.

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whoisright February 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

When you heart is harden you cannot hear the voices.

Clayton February 18, 2009 at 11:17 am

Pelosi did meet with her archbishop already, on February 8. According to her spokesperson, her position on abortion has not changed.

Matthew Warner February 18, 2009 at 11:30 am

Thanks for catching my mistake! I updated the post. Thank you very much.

Phil February 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Why you waste a blog post on Nancy Pelosi is beyond me. She is an attention-seeking loon. Her days are numbered IMO…

I didn’t vote for her, you didn’t vote for her, in fact, how did she get here anyways?

Matthew Warner February 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Ha, i have no idea. But she is not merely a representative from a cooky district…she’s the speaker of the House and one of the very top leaders in the Democratic party.

AND, if something ever happened to Obama and Biden…she would be president of the United States. Pretty scary.

Bill February 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

So now the archbishop and the Pope himself have done their pastoral duty in trying to form her conscience. I don’t know how she might think she can tell the Pope he’s wrong, or ignore what he told her. It seems to me that the only thing we can do now is to call her out LOUDLY every time she says something that is contrary to the Church’s teaching.

It won’t change her, and it won’t keep her from getting re-elected (clearly she represents her constituents’ desires), but speaking out might just keep other Catholics from making the mistake of believing what she says. We can’t form her conscience (it appears to be pretty much hardened) but maybe we can use these opportunities to form the consciences of others.

Maybe some prayers to ask for the intercession of St. Therese and St. Joseph for her conversion of heart are in order.

Bill February 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Matt, Father Z (What Does The Prayer Really Say?) has posted a link to a statement by the Archbishop’s office, dated February 13, that says no meeting with Pelosi has taken place. She apparently continues to evade the Archbishop (not that she can claim ignorance, now that the Pope has personally repeated the Church’s teaching to her).

Michelle Solomon February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

For various reasons, I’ve never been a fan of using “public embarrassment, chastisement, extreme shame,” etc., as means of convincing folks to change their minds. I suppose what’s left for us is what we should be doing all along: Praying.

Phil February 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm

How she got voted in by Californians is crazy enough…but why the house voted her as speaker is beyond me…I’m at a real loss…everyone makes mistakes I guess.

And yes, that is frightening. To think she is third in line for the Presidency…

I’m all for conserving energy but it may be time to dust off Air Force 2 – might I suggest that Barry and Joe start flying in seperate vehicles? :)

Matthew Warner February 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Michelle – Love and prayer will always conquer…but I’m fairly certain SHE’s the one that brought all the embarrassment and shame on herself ALL ON HER OWN. I don’t think anyone was “using” it.

Phil – let’s just lock Biden in a totally secure box somewhere and never let him out. Then he’s guaranteed to be safe…heck, Barack might prefer that better too. :-)

Phil February 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Agreed – just as Mccain would have done with Palin lol…

Matthew Warner February 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Bill – update to your update of my update:

Bill February 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm

OK – I stand corrected. So do a lot of other folks, I guess. Everybody but Pelosi.

This whole episode is so sad. However, here’s an imaginative transcript of what might have been the conversation between the Pope and Pelosi. (Warning: do not be drinking a Coke or a cup of coffee when you read this, unless you want to spend time cleaning spray off of your monitor.)

On the brighter side, Argentina is expelling (deporting?) Bishop Williamson.

Bill February 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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