Pelosi and Francis – observations

My friend Fr. Gerald Murray was on Spicer & Co. (Newsmax) talking about the recent meeting of the “self-serving, hypocritical” Nancy Pelosi with Francis.

HERE start at about minute 17:00

And take in the bizzare video of the awkward, “self-serving, hypocritical” handshake with Francis.  Clearly she clutched his hand with her claw, wouldn’t let go, and made sure there were photos.  If she had been Chinese…

Sorry about the dreadful source…

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  1. Dan says:

    Isn’t there a rule about a woman wearing a head covering in audience with the pope?

  2. majuscule says:

    The veil thing has been in fashion since sometime after Vatican II. It’s called an Invisible Mantilla™…. Although even Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton wore veils when they met with a pope.

    And for everyone…check out this body language video. It’s not from a Catholic point of view but there are some interesting observations—

  3. teomatteo says:

    If two people deserve one another…

  4. jdt2 says:

    Perhaps she can help get Cardinal Zen an audience. It is beyond sickening this one has met with Francis, who denied such an encounter to that holy man who reportedly begged to discuss the dangers of making a deal with China, a deal reportedly engineered by a serial child rapist hiding in Shepard clothing. Our Lord indeed met often with us sinners, but it’s not clear to me the ‘sin no more’ part gets much airtime. Its very very hard to keep one’s spirits up these days.

  5. Rob in Maine says:

    I’m surprised the Holy Father didn’t slap her hand away like that admirer in St. Peter’s square.

  6. samwise says:

    Where’s her mask? Oh right, that might obscure her identity…

  7. summorumpontificum777 says:

    If there’s ever a “santo subito” movement for Pope Francis after he leaves this world, I would expect the opposition’s Exhibit A to be the Holy Father’s insouciance toward the anti-abortion cause. Sure, he is very clear in his condemnation of the homicidal nature of abortion (“hiring a hit man” etc.), yet that basic anti-abortion attitude doesn’t translate into even the mildest opposition toward or rebuke of politicians who make the slaughter of the unborn central to their platforms. It’s all smiles and love-ins. Apparently, if you’re perceived to be on the same team regarding climate, migrants, borders and socialism, you earn a pass on your pro-abortion activism. As Juan Peron once said, “To my friends, everything.”

  8. mo7 says:

    Lord have mercy on me a sinner; I was sort of expecting at least one of them to spontaneously combust.

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  10. bigtex says:

    that was a freemasonry handshake, it’s clear as a bell.

    [We don’t know that.]

  11. Suburbanbanshee says:

    To be fair, I think that was Italian Grandmother coming out. She’s not a good Italian grandmother, but holding on for a while is what a lot of those ladies do.

    Also, I think that if Pelosi had let the Pope let go of her, she would have fallen. You notice how even the Pope came back closer, as well as the other guy. Nobody wanted her to lose her balance, as she’s rather frail.

    Her real name is Annunziata, and she comes from a Mafia-corrupted family. I’m sorry that she hasn’t repented, but we need to pray for her as well as for her victims.

  12. Dan says:

    Remember when Mother Teresa spoke at the National prayer breakfast to the Clintons? If only our Holy Father had a set of .. that big.

    However Mother Teresa did work with and use Hilary quite a bit to further her cause.

  13. Archlaic says:

    Invisible mantilla… invisible mask… invisible Catholicism… that’s SanFran Nan to a “t”!

  14. Sandy says:

    Thank you, mo7, for the first laugh of the day. I almost spit coffee all over my computer. We have to laugh once in a while or we’d be crying all the time.

  15. Kathleen10 says:

    This is bad imagery, and I apologize, but it’s important in order to get a grip on what we’re seeing. Reality is never more real than it is to a child about to be born.
    We all know what it is like when a baby is born. We know it is thrilling, exciting, joyful, and after all the mother has been through (not to mention baby!), there is the relief when all is well, and the exaltation at glimpsing the incredible perfection and wonder that is, new life. Trite it may be, but we all say every baby born is a miracle and evidence of God’s amazing creation and plan for mankind. What could be more beautiful.
    We know our awestruck nature at the moments just before birth, the excitement, the child is being delivered, please God, give Mother strength and doctors their highest abilities as they bring that child into the world to begin his or her own chapter as one of God’s children. If there were a problem and we could solve it by jumping in our cars and driving across the country, we would do it. All that matters is that mother and baby and our prayers in those moments. On this most of mankind has always agreed. It is a sublime moment in time, every time.
    What’s that? Rather than receive that gift from heaven joyously, waiting with open arms to assess baby’s condition and be ready to embrace this precious little person, we see the cold grip of the abortionist who grabs the child with force, and dispatches rosy cheeks and turns them blue and lifeless, along with a limp body. This child, who could have lived on their own, who reached the full gestation according to God, who was ready to breathe oxygen and is now in a state of high alert and unknowing, after experiencing the hard work that is being born, who should be experiencing welcoming comments and assessment as well as a good rub down and a warm blanket followed by Mother’s kiss and words of love, is no more. I will not be more graphic about this act that can only be called an offering to satan, who loves to see the end of the most sweet and innocent and the corruption of the world.
    And this person who walked up timidly to meet her pope, champions that reality. She promotes it. She is fine with it. She thinks God is fine with it. And the man who greets her, who welcomes her into his office, who smiles and grasps her hand, who he exchanges gifts with, as someone he esteems, someone he appreciates, someone who’s views are, let’s face it, acceptable to him.
    This should not be a surprise except to non-Catholics, who’s opinion of us could probably not be lower, at this point. But this is a person who called Italy’s bicycle pump abortionist, Bonino, “one of Italy’s greats”, so, we were forewarned about things in this regard if we were paying attention.

  16. Fyrdman says:

    Perhaps….this meeting will lead to a conversion of heart…

    One can hope and pray.

  17. chris griffin says:

    Pope Francis has become “Machiavellian”.
    ”Machiavellianism is a personality trait that denotes cunningness, the ability to be manipulative, and a drive to use whatever means necessary to gain power.

    Pope Francis boldly called abortion murder then went on to downplay, obfuscate and mislead regarding baby murder. He started out with a nonsensical story of a Jewish woman. Then he says unborn life is a scientific DNA fact which completely ignores the Commandment “Thou Shall not Murder”. Then he compares abortion to hiring a hitman which denies the abortive mothers greater culpability. Then he talks about demographic decline because of abortion which is a tertiary effect of abortion. Then he denies that abortion is a theological problem, but is pastoral instead and uses 4 horrible examples of politicization of theology to denigrate enforcing Canon Law. Then he invokes God to say we must use “closeness, compassion, and tenderness” to Catholics who are long time advocates of baby murder and if you don’t you then become a politician. Then he says the controversy is “casuistry”. Then he uses the controversy to defend himself and his “AMORIS LÆTITIA”. Then he closes saying that pastors resolve things by the Holy Spirit which hasn’t worked in 50 years and de facto denies Canon Law.

    Can’t we see that he is saying abortion is murder in our face and then coming up with excuses to treat it as almost worth nothing. Then he doubles down by treating Nancy Pelosi as an honored guest. That is “Machiavellian”.

  18. acardnal says:

    Some commentators on this weird handshake have speculated that it is a Masonic handshake. I have no idea.

    [Neither do they.]

  19. Prayerful says:

    A woman cannot be a Freemason in any of the usual rites, and it only vaguely looks like a Masonic handshake.

    However, Francis has shown friendliness to the likes of Emma Bonino, Radical Party senator for Rome who campaigned for abortion, and boasted of 20,000 illegal abortions with aid of a bicycle.

    Francis said nothing about abortion during Ireland’s referendum, and nothing when he visited. His bishops in Ireland were, barring one maybe, did almost nothing.

    Francis said very little in regard to Argentina, barring two letters, one of which to a priest was very ambiguous.

    Remember the medal for Lilianne Ploumen, pro abort Belgian politician.

    Given how Francis only talks about abortion when there is no referendums or campaigns to legalise it, given his great friendliness to pro abortion politicians, and hostility to pro life politicians, I can be said that Pelosi and Francis disagree on very little, certainly not on abortion.

  20. Semper Gumby says:

    The Caudillo and Death Party Mistress.

    Jeremiah 2:

    “…they that held the law knew me not, and the pastors transgressed against me: and the prophets prophesied in Baal, and followed idols…For my people have done two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and have digged to themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water…thou saidst: I will not serve. For on every high hill, and under every green tree thou didst prostitute thyself…Where are the gods, whom thou hast made? Let them arise and deliver thee in the time of thy affliction.”

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