The ox in this case was Nancy Pelosi’s. And true to his usual form, His Holiness didn’t hesitate. You see, Miz Pelosi had made the ultimate faux pas for someone who claims to be “an ardent, practicing catholic.” (Her words, not mine.)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a self-proclaimed “ardent, practicing Catholic,” had an opportunity last week to meet a fellow ardent Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI.
It appears that the pope used the visit to educate a confused Pelosi about the Roman Catholic Church’s long-held position on the life issue.
Appearing on Meet the Press just prior to the Democratic National Convention, Pelosi told the country that, over the centuries, the Catholic Church had been unable to define when life begins. “We just don’t know,” she chirped.
The Vatican’s statement after last week’s meeting between Pelosi and the pope began: “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.”
Pope Benedict did not allow any photos of the meeting, making a second and equally bracing instructional point: Dissenting Catholic politicians who deliberately mislead others about the church’s core teachings will not be given another chance to do so by having their picture taken with the vicar of Christ.
Whatever she may lack, she’s very good at the fine art of obfuscation.
Usually. This time, it jumped up and bit her in the ass.