On yesterday�s CNN show, �Inside Politics,� Nancy Pelosi
said, �Yes, I�m a liberal Democrat, but I�m a conservative Catholic.� Her
comment was also cited in today�s edition of USA Today.
Catholic League president William Donohue found this
�Nancy Pelosi, the new Minority Leader in the House of
Representatives, has voted against school vouchers and the Faith-Based
Initiative. When it comes to abortion, no one in the U.S. Congress has a
more extreme record than she does. Whether the issue is parental consent
or partial-birth abortion, she can always be counted on to deliver a proabortion
vote. Yet she calls herself a �conservative Catholic.� It would be
instructive to know what she considers a liberal Catholic to be.
�It�s actually worse than this. The October 12
edition of the PBS program, �To the Contrary,� showed Pelosi playing host to
anti-Catholics. Frances Kissling and other staff members of the
notoriously anti-Catholic organization Catholics for a Free Choice, were
featured walking out of Pelosi�s office after a lobbying session.
�Pelosi�s contacts with these anti-Catholics is nothing
new: in 1995 she was critical of the U.S. bishops for blasting Kissling�s outfit
as anti-Catholic. At that time, the bishops objected to the inclusion of
Kissling�s group at the U.N. Conference on Women that was to be held in
Beijing. In reference to Kissling, William Cardinal Keeler, then head of
the bishops� conference, said �To use the name Catholic to promote the taking of
innocent life is offensive.� Pelosi defended Kissling saying �Many women
are concerned about freedom of speech and association at the conference.
Accreditation should not be a politicized process.� It is not surprising,
then, that Pelosi refuses to condemn the DNC for its support for Kissling�s
�In short, Pelosi�s spin game is insulting. No
conservative Catholic we know okays the killing of kids 80 percent