Via The Deacon’s Bench.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
said she, unlike other Catholic politicians who support abortion
rights, has not clashed with her church about receiving communion.
In an interview on C-SPAN that aired on Sunday, Pelosi was asked about
how some church officials have raised objections about whether former
presidential contenders — such as Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and former
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) — should receive communion.
Pelosi, a Roman Catholic whose district includes most of San Francisco,
said she has not encountered such difficulties in her church.
“I think some of it is regional,” she said, “It depends on the bishop
of a certain region and fortunately for me, communion has not been
withheld and I’m a regular communicant so that would be a severe blow
to me if that were the case.”
The hour-long interview tackled religion, which is addressed throughout
the Speaker’s new book, “Know Your Power.”
Pelosi did not directly talk about how her view on abortion is at odds
with the Catholic Church. Instead, she noted that there are many issues
that the church cares about. Pelosi said the Bible mentions poverty
over 2,000 times, and referenced the Gospel of Matthew. She also
indicated the importance of recognizing God’s creations, citing the
The Speaker, who wrote in her book that “my parents didn’t raise me to
be Speaker, they raised me to be holy,” said if more people followed
the principles of love thy neighbor and do unto others as they would do
to you, “the world would be a better place.”
It is rather sad that she has not felt
any pressure on this. I do wonder if her Bishop Archbishop
Niederauer has ever talked to her about this at all about this?
He has talked to her in the past, but it was about
immigration. Last year the Archbishop said:
We haven’t had an opportunity to talk
about the life issues. I would very much welcome that opportunity, but
I don’t believe that I am in a position to say what I understand her
stand to be, if I haven’t had a chance to talk to her about it.”
I wonder if the Archbishop has heard of
Google or the myriad resources that would show her 100 percent
pro-abortion voting record. I guess the Archbishop doesn’t have the
time to discern her record, yet NARAL found the time to giver her a
100% score. I guess having the majority leader living in your
diocese who supports many things that are intrinsically evil is
somewhere on the list. Though for all I know maybe he has,
but if he has I wish he would be as upfront about it Naumann was with
Governor Sebelius. In addition to the primary importance of
teh care of her soul there is also the issue of scandal to be addressed.
Mrs. Pelosi says that not receiving
Communion would be a great blow to her. Well maybe this act of charity
would get her to rethink supporting murdering the unborn.
Look at the number of people excommunicated in Archbishop
Burke’s diocese that later were reconciled. I guess as long
as ecclesial disciplines are shown as a punishment instead of as an aid
to help someone to repent we will continue to have such a negative
reaction to denial of Communion and excommunications.
I find it interesting that the media seems
to enjoy what they call the “Communion wars” and that they really build
it up when a pro-abortion politician is denied Communion or it is even
talked about. They see that it is wrong for them to be denied
Communion and that giving them Communion is very important.
Yet when some professor desecrate a host, then they really
don’t want to cover it at all. The Eucharist is only
important to them when it comes to pro-abortion politicians.