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April 2009

We don't doubt that U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was surprised to find herself in hot water last summer with the normally placid U.S. bishops. What sparked their ire was her August 2008 statement on Meet the Press that "I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins." Pelosi prefaced her comment by declaring herself an "ardent and practicing Catholic," though she admitted that "there's some areas where we [she and the Church] are in agreement and some areas where we're not, and one being a woman's right to choose" an abortion. She brushed off the question of when life begins by saying that "it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."

Compounding the problem, Pelosi had been parading her Catholicism in other venues, including in an April 2008 interview with Catholic News Service, in which she said, "I have a sort of serenity about the [abortion] issue. I come from a family who doesn't share my position on pro-choice. The Church sees it another way, and I respect that." Pelosi's aggressively pro-abortion congressional voting record has earned her a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

This ardent, dissenting Catholic politician also primped herself on an August 2008 segment on C-SPAN's Q&A program as "a regular communicant."

Her insolent braying awoke the sleeping giant: Some 30 bishops issued correctives to Pelosi's erroneous comment about when life begins, coming as it did during a pivotal presidential election. (For the full story, see our New Oxford Note "A Lesson From the Past," Nov. 2008.) Among that number was Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, the city where Pelosi makes her home. Archbishop Niederauer, in his September 2008 statement, said, "If a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to reject the defined doctrines of the Church, or knowingly and obstinately repudiate her definitive teachings on moral issues, however, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain."

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New Oxford Notes: April 2009

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It is living in a fantasy land to believe that apostates like Pelosi will change anything without formal notice of their excommunication which is needed 'tough love' for their souls. That used to be a priority for the Church, but, alas, is no longer, as the bishops of these apostates show only hate not love for the Pelosis fo the world and, especially, to all those who are scandalized by same! Pelosi & Co's modus operandi is well known. They treat any Church directive as dead-on-arrival because they have been made to feel comfortable in their vices due mainly to the dissenters, clergy and laity alike, to include not a few bishops, giving them carte blanche to destroy the Church from within.

Wouldn't it be nice just once to see purported Catholic bishops actually evincing that they are Catholic by doing what cries out to Heaven for, given eternity being at stake!

A certain place that many no longer believe in will freeze over first. And if you don't believe in hell, you can't belive in God because Jesus Christ talked more about the consequences of grave sin, i.e., going to hell, more than any other New Testament figure.

God's mercy is meaningless without His justice, a fact that will surprise those who couldn't care less about such trivial Catholic truths upon drawing their last breaths and seeing their Just Judge face to face!
Posted by: stlouisix
April 14, 2009 10:25 AM EDT
Formal excommunication will, no doubt, not stop the likes of the Pelosis but it will send a clear message to the world that the Catholic Church is serious about going to Heaven instead of hell, which is the only reason for her existence! Posted by: stlouisix
April 14, 2009 10:28 AM EDT
If some 30 bishops issued a statement, where are the other bishops? Posted by: blueskies
April 14, 2009 11:43 AM EDT
The same place they were just prior to the November election, hiding under their desks. The apparent lack of backbone in Church leadership today is evidence of how far the smoke has permeated.

Do they not realize they share culpability for the souls lost due to their lack of decisive action against the likes of Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy and so many others that continue to scandalize Holy Communion?
Posted by: waltinvt
April 27, 2009 10:35 AM EDT
It's a sad state of affairs that it takes this sort of thing to "awaken a sleeping giant." Had the "giant" been watchful 27/7 as should be, I doubt there would be need to "awaken" it at this time. Posted by: gespin3549
April 27, 2009 11:14 AM EDT
It makes no sense to me to worry about Nancy Pelosi as long as Charles Curran, a pro-abortion priest-theologian can say Mass in public, preach and hear confessions. All pro-abortion priests and nuns should be given one year to think it over, and at the end of the year, if they refuse to recant, they should be laicized. Only then should we worry about Pelosi, Biden and other pro-abortion Catholic lay people. Posted by: macroom2
June 05, 2009 06:21 AM EDT
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