During her junket to Italy this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California was given a 15 minute audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The meeting was private, no minutes or photographs taken. Each side released a statement to contextulize the meeting and reading them both, you wonder if they were in the same meeting.
First, the Speaker's statement:
It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, today. 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. 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.
From the Vatican Press Office:
Following the General Audience, the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage. 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 until 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 development.
I have no sympathy for Catholic politicans like Mrs. Pelosi and Vice President Biden, who not only have the gall to publicy support abortion, but also attempt to cloud the waters with statements claiming that the Church's opposition to abortion is a 20th century phenomenon. A dressing-down is well deserved. I pray that Mrs. Pelosi's conscience is not so deadened by political ambition that she will be able ponder the message she received.