Opinion: An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Master of Hypocrisy
You are misleading people, Ms. Pelosi, and in my opinion, you take a rather cheeky satisfaction in doing so. I read your remarks from the Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill last week, and the nicest way I can say it is: you sure have a lot of nerve.Your platform gives you a nationwide microphone; your political authority can lead the ignorant and the gullible to think that you speak with authority on matters of faith as well. You do not.
For the Speaker, protecting a tiny, powerless, still-forming child is not the same thing as protecting a voter.
In the interest of honesty, I will say up front that I'm not a supporter of yours. I am a woman who deeply loves the Church you claim as your own, and I am disgusted at your most recent attempt to exert your power under the guise of Christian love. The political games you play are bad enough, but your public perversion of the Catholic faith simply cannot go unanswered.
Your platform gives you a nationwide microphone; your political authority can lead the ignorant and the gullible to think that you speak with authority on matters of faith as well. You do not. In another profession, your errant views might only go as far as your immediate friends and family, but due to your position, your error can potentially spread like a deadly virus among thousands.
You are misleading people, Ms. Pelosi, and in my opinion, you take a rather cheeky satisfaction in doing so. I read your remarks from the Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill last week, and the nicest way I can say it is: you sure have a lot of nerve.
You told those gathered that Catholics who opposed your version of immigration reform needed to be reminded that this is "a manifestation of our living the gospels." You let it be known that you felt the need to instruct the bishops, cardinals and archbishops on what they should say to their congregations regarding immigration reform. You, who obstinately refuse to heed the instruction and correction of your own bishop, as well as many other bishops, regarding your public actions and statements concerning the teachings of the Church, now establish yourself as an authority on the Church's role in matters near and dear to your heart.
You stated with shocking audacity that "We have to respect that dignity and worth of the individual and recognize that the Church has an important role to play in that." Your hypocrisy is simply staggering! You see no obligation to recognize the dignity and worth of the preborn child in the womb - only the dignity and worth of the post-born person who can applaud and cast a vote in your favor.
Where was your conviction that we must respect the dignity and worth of the individual when you insisted, "To me it isn't even a question.[of being a faithful Catholic while being pro-abortion] God has given us free will. We're all responsible for our actions. If you don't want an abortion, you don't believe in it, then don't have one. But don't tell somebody else what they can do in terms of honoring their responsibilities." (Newsweek magazine interview Oct 2006) Funny. I never knew that honoring my responsibilities meant I could kill a baby. And I certainly never knew that it was a "choice" my Church and my God would support.
In case you've forgotten, here was Bishop Vasa's reply to your errant statement: "It is categorically impossible for the same person to state that he or she believes simultaneously both what the Catholic Church teaches and that abortion is just a choice.Furthermore, it is an unjust choice which is diametrically opposed to the clear and consistent teaching of the Catholic Church as well as to the clear and consistent teaching of God Himself in the Ten Commandments. The direct, intentional taking of the life of an innocent human being is inhumane and unjust. It is not just a choice!"
Where was your conviction that we must respect the dignity and worth of the individual during the health care reform debates when the Catholic bishops spoke out in unison against the federal funding of abortion? Oh yes - your reply was denial. "No taxpayer funding of abortion in here, no sir!" No one with an ounce of common sense believed that patronizing lie. We all knew it was in there as well as you did.
But again, let's not pretend that protecting a tiny, powerless, still-forming child is the same thing as protecting a voter. Surely even the Church must understand that as a politician, you have to have your priorities straight. It's your survival in Washington that matters.
After all, there's nothing to be gained personally by insisting on the dignity and worth of the person in the womb. They can't do anything for you; they must simply be served - lovingly and without repayment. They don't generate income for decades, and by the time they can vote, it'll be someone else's election. There's nothing in it for you now, and far too much money from the abortion lobby at stake. Yeah, those babies simply cost way too much.
Time and time again, you deny the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception, deny that we have an obligation to the preborn as fellow human beings, and even try ...
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