A reader alerted me to an interview in the execrable Newsweek with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), pro-abortion but self-named "Catholic". You might remember some of her scintillating theological explanations about how she justified promoting abortion.
Here is a bit from the interview with my emphases and comments.
Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care if you like her. All that matters is getting the job done.
By Eleanor Clift | NEWSWEEK
Published Dec 21, 2009
From the magazine issue dated Jan 4, 2010
Q It was reported that you were negotiating with the conference of bishops.
I talked to one of the cardinals. I said to him that I believe that what we are doing honors the principles we talked about: we want to pass a health-care bill, we want it to be abortion neutral, and we want it to [have] no federal funding [for abortion], which is the law. And we believe that our language does that. They said, "We believe that it does not." I said, let’s sit down at the table and our lawyers can compare language. That’s what the meeting was about—to make our case. Clearly, the people at that table were not willing to accept what we know to be a fact. [Someone isn't telling the truth.]
Q I think you have had some brushes with [church] hierarchy.
[Remember... this person calls herself "Catholic"...] I have some concerns about the church’s position respecting a woman’s right to choose. [What sort of addled comment is that? Note the language she uses. She lives entirely within her liberal political view and even imposes its language on the teaching of the Church.] I have some concerns about the church’s position on gay rights. I am a practicing Catholic, although they’re probably not too happy about that. But it is my faith. I practically mourn this difference of opinion [Is that what it is? A difference of opinion? As if her opinion could possible have some sort of equivalence with the teaching of the Church... which is just the Church's "opinion"?] because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will. [But apparently she wasn't raised to believe that people have a right to be born.]
Q Is it difficult for you to reconcile your faith with the role you have in public life?
You know, I had five children in six years. The day I brought my fifth baby home, that week my daughter turned 6. So I appreciate and value all that they want to talk about in terms of family and the rest. When I speak to my archbishop in San Francisco and his role is to try to change my mind on the subject, well then he is exercising his pastoral duty to me as one of his flock. When they call me on the phone here to talk about, or come to see me about an issue, that’s a different story. Then they are advocates, and I am a public official, and I have a different responsibility. [So, she has adopted the Kennedy Dichotomy.]
I cannot fathom why she hasn’t been told she must not receive Holy Communion.
How much more public scandal does she have to give before the bishops of the places where she resides take concrete action?