Pelosi Denies Catholicsm Opposes Abortion

On yesterday’s NBC-TV show, “Meet the Press,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked to comment on when life begins. Here is what she said: “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.”

When Tom Brokaw told her that the Catholic Church “feels very strongly” that life begins at conception, Pelosi said, “I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: ‘Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.’ It also says, ‘Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.’ Looks like Pelosi didn’t study the subject long enough. But not to worry: We are sending her a copy of Catholicism for Dummies today (the Catechism is like maybe a bit advanced).

“Whether Joe Biden is as ignorant of what his religion teaches remains to be seen. What is not in doubt is the enthusiasm which NARAL showed when he was selected to join the ticket. The radical pro-abortion group was delighted, as were the radical pro-abortion delegates to the Democratic convention: as reported in today’s New York Times, 64 percent of Americans reject abortion-on-demand, yet only 23 percent of the delegates do. It is only fitting, then, that NARAL’s president will speak today at the Convention and Planned Parenthood’s president will speak tomorrow.

“So there we have it: the man running for president on the Democratic ticket supports selective infanticide, his running mate is a pro-abortion Catholic, the delegates are wildly out of step with Americans on abortion and the Speaker of the House hasn’t a clue what her religion teaches on the subject.”

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  • I think that the very best that Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy, et al can hope for is a very, very, very looooong time in purgation. Let us pray that they do what they must to get it.

  • dennisofraleigh

    Talk about handing Archbishop Chaput a “teaching moment” on a silver platter.
    If I were him I’d call a news conference today as an official representative of the Church to remind Rep. Pelosi and the world what the Church *really* teaches, and WHY.
    His next statement should be to remind every Catholic lawmaker in that unholy Party conclave that by supporting so-called “abortion rights” they are placing their souls in danger of eternal damnation by reason of being willful accessories to murder (and then he can read them the Church’s clear statement about their grave responsibility to defend life). He may also want to add that for any Catholic legislator to actively defend abortion and then present him- or herself for Holy Communion on Sunday creates great scandal for their fellow Catholics and only increases the likelihood they will face the sure judgment of God (I Cor. 11:27-29).

  • Jeff

    Here is his reply, Dennis:

    To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver:
    Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about
    the “separation of Church and state.” But their idea of separation often seems to work one way. In
    fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest,
    not as a “political” issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.
    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.
    Interviewed on Meet the Press August 24, Speaker Pelosi was asked when human life begins. She said
    the following:
    “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
    . . . 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.”
    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:
    “The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude . . . The condemnation
    of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of
    fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when Church penal and penitential practice was based
    on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it. Whatever
    one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the
    strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of
    animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion.”
    Or to put it in the blunter words of the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
    “Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has
    bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a
    human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to
    create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And
    that is nothing but murder.”
    Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the
    Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern
    medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount
    to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be
    animated or “ensouled.” But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and
    the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing
    Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.
    Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    Archbishop of Denver
    Denver, CO – Monday, August 25, 2008
    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.
    The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness. The duty of the state and its
    officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding
    of the “separation of Church and state” does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of
    course, it’s always important to know what our faith actually teaches.
    +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
    Archbishop of Denver
    +James D. Conley
    Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

  • dennisofraleigh

    God bless you Archbishop Chaput!!! Two thumbs waaaay up!!!

  • mattb

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Knights of Columbus, etc…Should get together in a news conference and challenge Pelosi’s remarks. Right now the whole Catholic church should put our foot down and don’t let the Democrats, Pelosi, and all people in favor of Abortion to get away with such remarks. Now the whole country knows that the Democratic Party is a party of death, indecent morals and everything against God. Everyone should get together and show the Democrats on Election Day that we will not stand for 4-Years of death and immorral behavior.

  • DonHudzinski


    This is coming, you way soon learn of the three dollar a member tax of the KofC for the Life battle to come.

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  • c-kingsley

    I think it’s funny that she was asked a scientific question, “when does life begin”, and she went off all theological and talking about abortion. The question was pretty simple, wasn’t it?