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There’s a lot about Nancy Pelosi I don’t get.  First, I have no idea how this woman got to be where she is today.  It’s frightening to me that she’s actually second in line to the Presidency (after Joe Biden).  If the Republicans win back the House in November, I’ll be absolutely thrilled that she’ll no longer be Speaker which means I won’t have to see her vacuous face and her head bobbing up and down like a Jack in the Box behind President Obama during the State of the Union address every time he reads a sentence off his teleprompter.  But before she leaves her revered spot behind the President, I’d really like to know what the woman chews on because her lips are constantly moving.  If I actually owned those little plush toys that guys throw at the tv when they don’t like a referee’s call, I’d throw them at my tv every time I saw her.  Ok, ok, deep breaths, but the woman makes me insane.

What I really don’t get is her hypocrisy and selective Catholicism.  For me, that’s the major reason I have such disdain for the woman.

In May, while speaking at the Catholic Community Conference, she said that amnesty for illegal aliens would be a “manifestation of our living the Gospels.”  Her comments about the “Word” of God were bizarre to say the least.  She also said  “the cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops come to me and say, ‘we want you to pass immigration reform,’ and I say, but I want you to speak about it from the pulpit.”  Yeah, don’t worry about your tax exempt status!

How about when she tells musicians and other creative types to quit their ordinary jobs and concentrate on their talents because taxpayers will pay for their health care.  It’s really nice that she invokes the religious concept of charity with other people’s money.  I thought the Bible requires or, at least, suggests charity should be anonymous.

She didn’t do too much for her Catholic faith when, in 2007, she was asked to comment on the offensive advertisement for the Folsom Street Fair which replaced Jesus Christ and his Disciples with leather-clad men with sex toys in a twisted portrayal of Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”  Instead of defending one of the most sacred religious icons by saying it was anti-Christian or anti-Catholic, her spokesperson simply responded, “As a Catholic, the speaker is confident that Christianity has not been harmed.”  Nice.  That really took a lot of guts.

Recently, when talking about climate change, she said the issue was about “God’s beautiful creation” which we have a “moral responsibility to preserve.”

So, here’s where the hypocrisy really comes in.  On the one hand, she’s asking the Church to get on her liberal bandwagon regarding illegal immigration and asking taxpayers to be charitable but, on the other hand, she rejects one of the most basic teachings of her Catholic faith – its opposition to abortion.  In other words, when it’s convenient for her to be a Catholic, she’s a Catholic, when it’s not, she’s not.

In August of 2008, Speaker Pelosi appeared on Meet the Press and when asked when life began, she said, “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…. St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know.”

She either has no idea what the Catholic Church teaches or she’s dim.  Pope Benedict XVI admonished her during her visit in February of 2009, when he spoke to her about “the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.”

Denver’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued a statement chiding her for her comments about the Church’s position on abortion during her interview on “Meet the Press.”

In his letter, Archbishop Chaput called Pelosi a “gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills.”  (His words, not mine.)  “Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.”

The Archbishop went on to say that the “Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil…Today’s religious alibis for abortion and a so-called ‘right to choose’ are nothing more than that — alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.”

As I’ve said before, pro-choice proponents, like Speaker Pelosi, love to speak in terms of a woman’s right to choose.  They love to remind all of us that it’s a choice to be made by the woman and her doctor; that it’s her body and the decision is her’s to make.  Well, it’s not just the woman’s body now!  It’s a baby!  But that’s another story for another day.

I was raised Catholic.  I remember in my younger non-believing days, I was offered time off from work for Good Friday.  I never felt comfortable doing that because, first, I wasn’t planning to go to Church, but, second, I didn’t consider myself a “Catholic” and was not going to conveniently become one just to have a few hours  off work.  Does this make me a better person?  No, but I’m clear about who and what I am and I’m not a hypocrite.

I don’t get how Nancy Pelosi can consider herself an “ardent Catholic” and yet reject one of the Church’s fundamental teachings.  Maybe I should because she’s a politician, and, like the majority of politicians, she’ll say and do whatever it takes to get elected.  If Nancy Pelosi wants to be pro-choice, then she shouldn’t espouse her Catholicism when it’s convenient.  When she does, she comes off as a hypocrite and the worst sort of Cafeteria Catholic.

So, if you’re for abortion, don’t call yourself a Catholic.  Now, all the Catholics out there, don’t shoot the messenger because you don’t like the message.  These are not my words, but the words from Pope Benedict XVI: “An adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties.”

I don’t get Nancy Pelosi and, if you do, God bless you.


 


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