George Weigel asks: "Were they at the same meeting?" After reading the competing press releases, I wondered that myself. Nancy Pelosi travelled to Rome after voting to load a huge debt on our children and grandchildren and visited with Holy Father. Both Pelosi and Benedict XVI released statements about the meeting, but you would never guess that both releases were referring to the same get-together.
First, Holy Father's press release:
|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.|
The Holy See of Rome has always been a loggerheads with the Democrats over their support for abortion and their support of abortion groups that have blatently anti-Catholic agendas. So, this press release does not surpise me and, in fact, I welcome it. I'm glad to see that there are still people in this world who are willing to stand up to pro-abortionists like Pelosi and say what needs to be said.
Now, here is Pelosi's version:
|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.|
You'll notice that Pelosi took the opportunity to make politcal hay out of issues that the Dems typically make their money off of. But she made no mention of the issues that Holy Father made public about this meeting.
Clearly, Pelosi was making this trip, not to re-affirm herself as a Catholic (she is a Catholic in name only and routinely leads Democrat assaults against the Catholic Church), but more to try and cover up her embarrassment from when she and Joe Biden misrepresented Catholic Church doctrine.
Also of note is the fact that Holy Father did not allow any photographs of the meeting (if any were even taken) to be released. That should clearly show how offended the Holy See is at Pelosi's arrogant chicanery.
You can access the complete column on-line here:
Were They At The Same Meeting?
February 18, 2009