This is a bright spot in an otherwise dreary week of God-awful political news. You’ve got to hand it to Nancy, though; it takes an amazing amount of chutzpa to request an audience with Pope Benedict VI with her extreme pro- abortion views, and after she was publicly rebuked by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl in that embarrassing incident, just last August.
VATICAN CITY, February 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican Press Office released a note this morning detailing part of the conversation which Pope Benedict XVI had with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vatican insiders inform LifeSiteNews.com that such releases are always phrased in diplomatic language and thus the correction of the Speaker who fancies herself a faithful Catholic despite her abortion advocacy can be taken as a rebuke.
The text of the note reads: “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.”
Not the photo op she was hoping for, I’m sure.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
Last summer in that disastrous Meet the Press interview, Pelosi had said, “I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time”.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air characterizes the Pope’s words as, “Study more”.
Heh. Something tells me that ain’t gonna happen.
Also, read John Allen, from The National Catholic Reporter:
While the Vatican typically puts out brief declarations after the pope meets with a head of state, encounters with lower-level officials are generally considered private. Doing so in this case thus suggests that the pope wanted to make a point.
Not only was it unusual to issue a statement after a meeting with an official who’s not a head of state, routine Vatican declarations after diplomatic meetings also generally sum up the range of issues discussed rather than concentrating on a particular point.
In that sense, the statement can only be read as a rejection of Pelosi’s statements last summer, and, in general, of her argument that it’s acceptable for Catholics in public life to take a pro-choice position.