The "Ardent, Practicing" Nancy Pelosi Meets Pope Benedict and A Prayer for Public Officials
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
On February 18th the meeting many Catholics dreaded occurred. Mercifully, the Vatican had the wisdom to forbid cameras or reporters into the 15 minute meet and greet. Had a picture emerged, it would have certainly been used to somehow cast Speaker Pelosi's positions on abortion and contraception as being within the realm of Catholic Orthodoxy. What was most instructive was the dueling press releases in the wake of the visit. The Vatican got theirs out first:

"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 which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."

But the press release issued later in the day by Speaker Pelosi's office makes it sound as if she and the Pope attended a photo sharing tea at the Sierra Club headquarters. Note the absence of any mention of "human life", "abortion", or St. Augustine's theories on ensoulment:

It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today. In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family's Papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren."

More than 50 years later it is wonderful that Mrs. Pelosi was able to show the Pope pictures of her ancestors. But given the Speaker's public policy preferences, it is doubtful that the poor men and women Pelosi purports to serve will have any descendants to show their pictures 50 years hence.

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Here is Bishop Baker's prayer for public officials. And God knows they could use prayers...

A Pro-Life Prayer for Our President and Public Officials

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life, move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care. Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society. Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents. You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur: January 22, 2009 + Most Reverend Robert J. Baker Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

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