In a bizarre response to Fr. Pavone’s Open Letter, House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi made the following comments. (My observations are in blue).
My faith is very deep and has been my whole life. I love my faith and my faith has nothing to do with whoever he [Father Frank Pavone] is. Oh she knows who he is. If she didn’t she wouldn’t be responding. And the Catholic Faith which she claims to have might have *something* to do with a priest, who is, according to that same faith, “In the Person of Christ the Head.”
The arrogance of it all! It’s like something ancient, medieval…. Ahh appealing to the tired, old, second-wave feminist sisterhood for back-up. Next can we expect bra-burning?
The Church taught me as I was growing up that every person has a free will and has the responsibility to live up to a moral standard. And I respect women’s judgment and values to do that. Whether this priest thinks his judgment should be another woman’s judgment is absolutely ridiculous to me. But nonetheless it’s what they say. Absolutely ridiculous? What I think is absolutely ridiculous is the moral relativism veiled in an attempt to be upholding the dignity of women in this asinine paragraph. While the Church was teaching you about “Free will”, did she not also teach you about sin, Madame Minority Leader? Because Priests DO have a right, nay, an obligation to inform the faithful (you say you are faithful, right?) about sin. Its not his judgement, its God’s. “This priest’s” job is to help you get the message.
I grant the Church where they are on abortion. That’s where they are, that’s where they have to be. But my faith isn’t about what their position is. This is the one that boggles my mind. So basically, what the former Speaker is saying, is that she is in fact, not Catholic? I mean how else can this be interpreted?
My faith is about, Christ is my savior, the church is his church, and has nothing to do with Priests for Life…. Well it might have a little bit to do with Priests for Life…hey…wait a minute..didn’t she say she didn’t know who Fr. Pavone was? Silly, Nancy, you almost had me there!
I wouldn’t even dignify whatever it is they said. It was a highly emotional statement that they made. If it were more intellectual I might have paid attention to it. He was acting hysterically. Hmmm… yet you felt it necessary to make a completely nonsensical rebuttal, what some might say is a fairly hysterical (read also hilarious) attempt at defending a position you were called out on.
The ruse is up, Mrs. Pelosi, the cat is out of the bag. You were called out, someone finally had the courage to stand up and say, No, you are in fact NOT acting or speaking as a Catholic and I think you are afraid that you are, in fact, being found out. Using Catholicism for political purposes is disingenuous and quite frankly, old news.
You know what, I think that we should give Mrs. Pelosi the benefit of doubt. After all, we are all sinners in need of Christ’s redemption, and we absolutely MUST pray for our Public Leaders, even as we emulate Fr. Pavone, and in charity, speak the Truth to the them. I think, as a fellow Catholic, in the spirit of “am I my brother’s (ahem, sister’s) keeper” I am going to send Mrs. Pelosi a Catechism. I will even highlight the sections that she will find most helpful. Who will join me? Who will send Mrs. Pelosi a Catechism? If you can’t afford to send the whole big book, I recommend photocopying the appropriate sections. Let’s start something here: Send Mrs. Pelosi a Catechism. How appropriate during the Fortnight for Freedom, no? (Oh, and when you send it, say a sincere prayer that it will touch her heart, and that she will be open to the Truth. The Truth will set you free…)
Nancy Pelosi’s Office Addresses:
Washington DC Office:
235 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
San Francisco Office:
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Relevant Catechism References:
Abortion: CCC 2271, 2274, 2770, 2272, 1867 (sin that cries to Heaven)
Priesthood: 1544-45, 1562-68, 1572, 1143, 1142, 1551, 1548 (in the person of Christ the Head), 900, 983, 1461-67
Holy Orders: (Capacity [of Priest] to act as Christ’s Representative) 1581
Sin: 1849-50, 1868, 943, 1866, 1867, 1854, 1869 (social sin), 1434-39 (ways to obtain forgiveness of sin)
Credit to JillStanek.com for the text of Pelosi’s letter and to ThinkProgress.org, June 24, “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “laughs off” Fr. Frank Pavone’s open letter denouncing her for calling abortion “sacred ground”‘ for first printing the text.