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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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