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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ed And The Bishop- 1 Pelosi-0

This past weekend, Speaker Pelosi opened her mouth and, as she is prone to do, got it totally wrong. Ed over at Hot Air has the transcript. San Fran's Grand Nan was asked about the Catholic Church's position that life begins at conception. Here's part of her response:
REP. PELOSI:  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.  And Senator–St. Augustine said at three months.  We don’t know.

...And so I don’t think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins.  As I say, the Catholic Church for centuries has been discussing this, and there are those who’ve decided…

...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. 
Ed points out in his post that the Church decided this one at least 1930 years ago (Didache in A.D. 70 condemned abortion and infanticide- wonder if Obama knows that... but I digress... ). Not much of a controversy there, Madam Speaker.

But Ed's not the only one weighing in on this one. Archbishop Donald Wuerl felt compelled to correct her mistaken notions about the teachings of her faith.
He said, "We respect the right of elected officials such as Speaker Pelosi to address matters of public policy that are before them, but the interpretation of Catholic faith has rightfully been entrusted to the Catholic bishops. Given this responsibility to teach, it is important to make this correction for the record."

Wuerl pointed out that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear, and has been clear for 2,000 years. He cited Catechism language that reads, "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”
You know, I'm usually Sola Scriptura, but since she brought up the teachings of the Church... the Catechism is a good place to start, no? 

Maybe Speaker Pelosi should avoid the communion line at Washington Cathedral. She might be in for a surprise...  then again, I'm not sure she'd care.

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