Pelosi agrees to talk with archbishop on abortion stance

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I am not a fan of Nancy Pelosi for various reasons, none of them which you might think, but her abortion stance is what I am focusing on for now. If you remember, a few weeks ago she said that her church – Catholic – had no real stance on abortion. Well, that raised the ire of her Bishops. Now she has agreed to meet with the Archbishop. I, personally, would like to be a fly on the wall when he schools her on the traditional Catholic viewpoint on abortion.

I wonder if she will suddenly become pro-life?

by Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accepted her hometown archbishop’s invitation to talk about Catholic teachings, but avoided mentioning her recent statements on abortion, which have been condemned by 10 Catholic prelates.

“I welcome the opportunity for our personal conversation to go beyond our earlier most cordial exchange about immigration and the needs of the poor to church teaching on other significant matters,” Pelosi wrote San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer.

A spokesman for Pelosi, D-Calif., said the letter was delivered by hand to Niederauer on Friday (Sept. 5).

That same day, Niederauer said Pelosi’s recent statements on abortion “are in serious conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

On “Meet the Press” last month, Pelosi said “doctors of the church” disagreed on when life begins, and said abortion “continues to be an issue of controversy” in the Catholic Church.

At least 10 bishops have publicly condemned those remarks, saying the church has believed abortion is wrong since the first century.

“I regret the necessity of addressing these issues in so public a forum,” Niederauer said, “but the widespread consternation among Catholics made it unavoidable.”

Niederauer also said Catholics are not supposed to “pick and choose” which teachings to follow and that moral issues should not be dictated by opinion polls.

The San Francisco prelate added that “many Catholics” have written him about Pelosi’s remarks, “very often” asking him whether the congresswoman should be allowed to receive Communion.

Niederauer noted the disagreement among U.S. Catholic bishops about denying Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, but didn’t state his opinion on the matter.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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