The Real Fireworks At The DNC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, has sparked criticism over comments about when life begins

Who knew the real drama at the Democratic National Convention wouldn't involve Senator Hillary Clinton, but rather House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi, a Catholic, 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 on Monday that Catholic teaching on the subject was unequivocal — abortion is gravely evil — and that “Catholics who make excuses for it … fool only themselves.”

So what is Pelosi's response now that these and Catholic leaders from across the country have all responded in a similar way?  Her spokesman says she stands by her comments.

What do you think about what she had to say and what impact do you think it might have on the race for the White House?

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 31, 2008 at 02:23 PM
    Pelosi knows as much about Catholicism as most of the rest of us know about Muslims. The fact that she snubs the leaders of her church after making such ignorant statements is evidence of that. It is in short, the typical liberal mantra...Facts are irrelevant, it is how they 'feel' or 'think it should be' as opposed to 'how it is' no matter what they are talking about. The only time Pelosi will quote a fact is if it supports her opinion. Otherwise, her opinion will remain the same, facts be damned. As far as any impact on the race for the White House, I doubt it will have much. There are millions that don't even know that she is #3 in line should something happen to the President and his VP. That sad fact isn't likely to change even if McCain/Palin win. It will be interesting to get her reaction when she is looking up through the 'glass ceiling' at Palin.:)
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    Well, I don't think much of Obama and won't be voting for him, but I don't think he should be held accountable for anything someone else says.
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