By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
When the Catholic pro-abortion Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets with Pope Benedict XVI this week, insiders say they will be sure the pope has been briefed on her long career of public support for abortion before the meeting takes place.
According to a report on LifeSiteNews.com, Pelosi is heading a delegation to Rome this week, her first visit since becoming Speaker, and is expected to meet with the Pope on noon on Wednesday.
Pelosi has been scandalizing Catholics for years with her outspoken support for abortion. She has drawn severe criticism from Catholic leaders in the U.S. for her voting record as well as her public misrepresentation of Catholic doctrine.
The most recent debacle came during a Meet the Press appearance last August when Pelosi attempted to justify her support for abortion by saying that “the doctors of the Church haven’t been able to make that definition” on whether life begins at conception.
“The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose,” she said. “This isn’t about abortion on demand, it’s about a careful, careful consideration of all factors and – to – that a woman has to make with her doctor and her god.”
A month later, Archbishop Niederauer of San Francisco invited her to discuss the abortion issue with him. While Pelosi publicly stated she would “welcome the opportunity,” there is no report of her having scheduled a meeting with the archbishop.
Fr. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI), said his organization’s Rome office plans to brief the Vatican before the Pelosi meeting “so they are aware of her dismal record on life issues.
“It is our hope that the Holy Father will not grant the floundering Speaker of the House what she surely wants and expects, a quick and valuable photo-op, but will rather give her a stern lecture on contraception and abortion and let her know that her eternal salvation is in danger,” said Fr. Euteneuer.
“Further, this would be the perfect opportunity to formally excommunicate the Speaker, as she has done everything a public official possibly can to declare her lack of communion with the Holy Father and the Roman Catholic Church on every conceivable issue.”
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