(AFP) — Visiting US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI during her weeklong visit to Italy, a Vatican official said Monday.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Well it looks like Speaker Pelosi is off to Rome to give the pope a piece of her mind - if she can spare it. Seriously, I would love to be a fly on the wall during this meeting. The Holy Father has a perfect opportunity to lay it all out for her while she's there. I understand some conservative Catholic groups have already sent files to Rome ahead of her arrival, informing the Vatican of her anti-Catholic rhetoric and voting record. Personally, I would like to see the meeting conclude with the pope handing Pelosi her excommunication papers, but I suspect he's far more likely to use it as an opportunity to lobby against passage of the 'Freedom of Choice Act' (FOCA). I do hope however, he will at least make it clear to her that voting for this legislation will result in her formal excommunication, and the excommunication of every Catholic member of Congress who joins her in this.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, the official told AFP, saying it would likely occur after the pope's weekly general audience.
Pelosi, who describes herself as an "ardent" Catholic while advocating reproductive rights, will be the highest-ranking US official to see the pope since President Barack Obama took office last month.
The new Democratic administration is at odds with the Vatican over abortion, stemcell research and other bioethical issues.
Senior Vatican officials slammed Obama's rapid overturning of a ban on US government funding for family planning groups around the world that carry out or facilitate abortions....
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Of course there is always the possibility that Speaker Pelosi, filled with pride after last November's election victory, will use this opportunity to inform the pope that the American people have spoken, and he had better get on board with the agenda of this new messiah - President Barack Obama - or face being left behind in irrelevancy. Maybe she'll even seize on the moment to lecture the pope about the "folly" of his recent act lifting the SSPX excommunications after the Holocaust denial of Bishop Williamson. Maybe she'll even go so far as to instruct the pope on how better to manage the Catholic Church by allowing the ordination of female clergy and the use of artificial birth control.
As for what she would like to say, one can only wonder. It is far more likely however, that she'll play the role of a "good little Catholic girl," by donning the chapel veil upon entering the Vatican, bowing to kiss the Holy Father's ring, and graciously nod to everything he tells her. Then she'll come back to America only to continue her reign of terror and promptly do everything she can to undermine the pope and the Catholic faith he represents.