Speaker Pelosi and the Word Made Flesh

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Roman Catholic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has a habit of invoking Church teaching and Church fathers, whether elaborating on free will, on when life begins, or citing Augustine or Saint Joseph. She’s quite outspoken in her faith, rarely failing to make headlines.

Well, kudos to CNSNews.com for catching recent Pelosi remarks missed by major media outlets. Speaking at a May 6 Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, the speaker stated: “They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy.’ My favorite word is the Word…. And you know the biblical reference—you know the Gospel reference of the Word. And that Word [gives] voice to … public policy … in keeping with the values of the Word.”

Pelosi continued: “[O]f course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith.”

Indeed, it is. Pelosi, of course, is making reference to the mystery of the Incarnation.

And it’s that passage that refers to the Word becoming flesh in the form of Christ. It was at that utterly vital moment in history that Mary demonstrated what Fulton Sheen called the greatest vindication of the character of freedom. She said, Yes.

In so doing, Mary acquiesced to the ultimate crisis pregnancy, inviting not only public shame but public stoning. It’s the quintessential pro-life message.

Yet, does Speaker Pelosi, longtime unflagging advocate of the “pro-choice” side, read that passage that way? Do those words give voice to her public-policy values and choices? No, they don’t. And that’s a shame—a fatal disconnect from the Word.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • The Word is Nancy Pelosi is like many “Cafeteria Catholics” or worse! They pick and choose what they like and discard what they dislike about the Catholic Faith. I don’t see how she can be so blind to the fact that abortion that she whole heartily supports and promotes is MURDER a sin against the 5th Commandment.

    My question to her and other Catholics who pick and choose, have they ever reflected on the meaning of the Creed that we say at Mass? Do they not understand that they are saying they believe all that the Church teaches, that includes its teaching on abortion, homosexual relations, and artificial birth control to mention a few.

    But I don’t blame Ms Pelosi only who is “so out there” and makes a mockery of our faith. Her Bishop has a responsibility to speak out and to exclude her from receiving the Eucharist, because for me he is just as guilty as her in this matter. Too bad he hasn’t the will or guts to stand up for the faith.

  • lkeebler

    Is she receiving the Eucharist? Should she or others who are promoting abortion? What is “failed to do” speaks so much louder and in so many volumes, who can count…

    “in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;”