(LifeSiteNews.com) - In an appearance on the NBC program Meet the Press on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a self-professed Catholic, denied that the Catholic Church condemns abortion....THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER RESPONDS...
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(Archdiocese of Denver) - The Bishops of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, site of the Democratic convention, issued a letter directed to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver entitled "Separation of Sense and State: A Clarification for the People of the Church in Northern Colorado.We set forth this fine letter for the readers of Catholic Online in its entirety:CARDINAL EGAN, OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDS...To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver:
Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the "separation of Church and state." But their idea of separation often seems to work one way.
In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest,not as a "political" issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them....
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Statement on Remarks by Speaker PelosiRESPONSE FROM ARCHBISHOP DONALD WUERL OF WASHINGTON D.C....
August 26, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2008
STATEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, EDWARD CARDINAL EGAN CONCERNING REMARKS MADE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.
We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.
Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
August 26, 2008
On Meet the Press this past Sunday, August 23, 2008, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made statements regarding the teaching of the Catholic Church, human life and abortion that were incorrect.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It only gets worse. Thomas Peters, of the 'American Papist' blog, claims he has acquired a leaked memo from the Pelosi office in which she appears to be attempting to defend herself, by of course, digging her hole deeper. It's really something, and you can read it HERE.
Speaker Pelosi responded to a question on when life begins by mentioning she was Catholic. She went on to say, “And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition.” After Mr. Tom Brokaw, the interviewer, pointed out that the Catholic Church feels strongly that life begins at conception, she replied, “I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”
We respect the right of elected officials such as Speaker Pelosi to address matters of public policy that are before them, but the interpretation of Catholic faith has rightfully been entrusted to the Catholic bishops. Given this responsibility to teach, it is important to make this correction for the record.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear: The current teaching of the Catholic Church on human life and abortion is the same teaching as it was 2,000 years ago. The Catechism reads: “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.” (Catechism, 2270-2271)
The Catechism goes on to quote the Didache, a treatise that dates to the first century: “You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.”
From the beginning, the Catholic Church has respected the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.
It looks like the highest ranking government officer of the Democratic Party is trying to start a whole new "Catholic" religion - one in which basic Church morality is a fluid thing, which can change and vary from person to person. It's called "moral relativism," and it's been condemned by Pope Benedict XVI as one of the greatest evils of our time. Pelosi is not alone in this. Many so-called "Catholic" politicians in the U.S. government agree with her, if not in word, than certainly in action. Among them are former Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator John Kerry and Senator Joe Biden to name a few. By rising to the forefront of the American politic, preaching their "gospel of relativism," partaking of communion against canon law, and now espousing false teachings and accrediting them to the Catholic Church, they have become the very definition of the word "heretics."
The word "heretic" often has extremely negative connotations attached to it, but that's mainly because most people don't know what it means. For starters, heretics are not necessarily bad people. They could be kind neighbors, loving parents and even good friends. That's because the word "heretic" has nothing to do with a person's goodness. The word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "heterodox" and it is the antithesis of the Greek word "orthodox." It has to do with how beliefs are measured. The word "orthodox" means "right belief" or "correct belief." While the word "heterodox" means "chosen belief" or "opposite belief" which is usually chosen in opposition to the established right belief (orthodoxy). A person who is heterodox has chosen a different belief (or beliefs) that do not agree with established orthodoxy. In the case of Catholicism, it is the very definition of what many might call "Cafeteria Catholicism" - which gives rise to the image of certain Catholics who pick and choose their beliefs as if the Church's doctrines were like a salad bar in a cafeteria. The word "heresy" comes from this, and is in reference to a specific heterodoxy (chosen belief) that is espoused as "truth" as if it were the established orthodoxy. The word "heretic" simply refers to someone who espouses heresy.
Nancy Pelosi committed heresy on national television last Sunday, and in doing so, she misrepresented the teachings of the Catholic Church to literally millions of viewers - both Catholic and non-Catholic. She is not alone. Many "Cafeteria Catholics" in the U.S. government have engaged in this practice, either by word, or by their action of publicly receiving communion while espousing a "pro-choice" (pro-abortion) position in politics. It would seem these politicians are trying to create a whole new religion, while misrepresenting it as the teachings of the Catholic Church. The bishops of the U.S. Catholic Church have only themselves to blame, unfortunately, because for decades now many of them have pursued a pattern of teaching the Church's doctrine on abortion while refusing to enforce it though excommunication or interdiction. The bishops, or at least the majority of them, have effectively sent a mixed signal. On the one hand, they rightly teach that abortion is murder and a grave sin. But on the other hand, they do nothing to discipline those Catholics who publicly espouse the opposite. The U.S. bishops have effectively created this mess, and now they must deal with it. Let us pray that future bishop conferences will find the courage to nationally enact a policy already enacted by a few brave bishops throughout the United States, that publicly denies communion to any Catholic politician who holds to a "pro-choice" (pro-abortion) position.