Don't you wish you were a fly on the wall for a planned meeting between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pope Benedict?
Whether you are a fan of Speaker Pelosi, despise her, or don't care one way or the other, you have to admit the meeting between the two ought to be pretty interesting.
Pelosi plans to meet with the Pope while on a visit this week to Italy. You may remember Pelosi, who is Catholic, was rebuked by a number of U.S. Bishops last summer when she told Tom Brokaw that the church itself had long debated when human life begins."… I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition … St. Augustine said at three months. We don't know. The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."
Pelosi's comments drew quick response from Catholic leaders. Washington D.C. Archbishop Donald Wuerl said it has always been the church's teaching that life begins at conception. Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and his Auxiliary Bishop James Conley said in a statement that Catholic teaching on the subject was unequivocal - abortion is gravely evil - and that "Catholics who make excuses for it … fool only themselves."
Pelosi stood by what she said even following those comments by the Catholic leaders. Aren't you curious about what she might say to the Pope?
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