If Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, then Jesus has lowered his standards.
On Sundays’ Meet the Press, Speaker Pelosi was asked to defend Sen Obama’s remarks on abortion from the Saddleback Ranch forum last week. During the forum, Sen Obama said that the question of when life begins was “above his pay grade”. Speaker Pelosi tried to defend Sen Obama by saying that as a Catholic, and after studying the teachings of the faith, she knew that even the Catholic church could not define when life began. In her defense she did cite St Augustine’s, born 354-died 386 AD, views a proof. By the way St Augustine was born in 354 and died in 430 AD, a time when life began when divine intervention told them there was a baby or a woman started to show. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02084a.htm
I’m not sure when Speaker Pelosi last saw the inside of a Catholic Church or when she last heard a sermon from a Catholic priest on life, but I can say without a doubt that the Catholic church believes life begins at conception. The church goes so far as to say that using any contraception is a sin as well because contraception prevents life from starting. I’m also pretty sure that abortion still falls under the umbrella of “Things to tell the Priest while in confession” for practicing catholics.
I’m not trying to persuade your views on abortion. The issue is defended vehemently by both sides. Personally, I feel abortion is wrong and Sen Obama’s views on late term abortions are morally reprehensible and brings into question his other stated values. But Speaker Pelosi’s argument in defense of Sen Obama was ignorant, uninformed and a down right lie. Consider this as well. One day after naming a Catholic VP running mate to the ticket, Sen Obama’s surrogate (Pelosi) was on TV defending Obama using the “teachings” of the Catholic church. Have the Democrats found religion or just launched a new “It’s okay to vote pro-choice now, we have a Catholic nominee too” campaign?
Democrats have long appealed to voters hearts while undermining or confusing their sensibilities. Pelosi’s arguments on abortion this week were an example of this. Catholics know that life begins at conception but by pulling at the heartstrings of Catholics who admire Sen. Obama, Speaker Pelosi hopes to be able to sow the seeds of doubt over their faith and give them the opening they need to justify a pro-choice vote.
Read a transcript here: http://onemom.wordpress.com/2008/08/24/nancy-pelosi-meet-the-press-transcript/