Monday, September 8, 2008

Pelosi To Be Spanked By Archbishop?

I remember getting slapped by the Bishop when I got confirmed. Hope Stretch Pelosi gets a taste of that when she sits down for her "conversation". Maybe he'll have some brass knuckles on? I hope her penance includes being locked in a cell with Dingy Harry Reed arguing about their low popularity ratings. Courtesy of The Hill

Archbishop, Pelosi to talk about communion
Posted: 09/08/08 12:57 PM [ET]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has accepted an invitation from San Francisco’s archbishop to discuss whether she should continue to receive communion at the Catholic Church in the wake of comments she made about abortion.

San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer said he had received letters and e-mails from “many Catholics” expressing dismay over Pelosi’s remarks, in which she said the matter of when life begins remained controversial within the church. He said many of them questioned whether she should be able to receive communion from the church.

Pelosi made the remarks in an Aug. 24 interview with “Meet the Press” host Tom Brokaw after Brokaw said that the Catholic Church believes strongly that life begins at conception.

Her comments have been criticized by several Catholic Church officials, and Niederauer described them as being “in serious conflict” with the church in the Sept. 5 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

Niederauer concludes that, based on Catholic Church statements, it is up to him as Pelosi’s pastor to address whether she may continue to receive communion. He then invites the Speaker “into a conversation with me about these matters.”

“Let us pray together that the Holy Spirit will guide us all toward a more profound understanding and appreciation for human life, and toward a resolution of these differences in truth and charity and peace,” Niederauer wrote.

In a Sept. 5 response hand-delevered to Niederauer on Friday, Pelosi thanks him for the invitation and his gracious remarks about hehr love for the church and her Catholic faith.

"I welcome the opportunity for our personal conversation and to go beyond our earlier most cordial exchange about immigration and needs of the poor to Church teaching on other significant matters," she wrote. " I hope that we can meet at your earliest convenience.

"I join you in your hope and prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide our discussions in truth and charity and peace."

Niederauer said he wrote the article because it is his responsibility “to oppose erroneous, misleading and confusing positions when they are advanced.” He described Pelosi’s comments as “opposed” to church teaching.

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl earlier had issued a statement criticizing the comments, which he said “were incorrect.”

In an August interview on C-SPAN, Pelosi said that if communion were withheld from her, it would be “a severe blow.”

“It depends on the bishop or a certain region, and, fortunately for me, communion has not been withheld and I’m a regular communicant, so that would be a severe blow to me if that were the case,” she said.

Niederauer quoted a section of the catechism of the Catholic Church to underline his point that when life begins is not controversial within the church. “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception,” according to the catechism. “Since the first century the church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.”

Niederauer also criticized an Aug. 26 statement from Pelosi’s office about her comments on “Meet the Press.” In the statement, Pelosi’s office said that while the Catholic Church believes life begins at conception, “many Catholics” do not agree with this view.

“Authentic moral teaching is based on objective truth, not polling,” Niederauer wrote. He noted that in 1861, polls in different states showed different views on slavery, but this did not mean that slavery was moral in one state and not in another.

Niederauer praised Pelosi as “a gifted, dedicated and accomplished public servant” who has supported bills that have helped implement some of the Catholic Church’s social teachings.

He also noted that Pelosi has “often said how highly she values her Catholic faith, and how much it is a source of joy for her.”

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