14 gennaio 2007

The silence of the shepherds

The silence of the shepherds

Archbishop of Washington sits on his hands as pro-abortion Rep. Nancy Pelosi includes Mass at a Catholic college to celebrate her election as Speaker of the House

It’s not as if Nancy Pelosi is clueless about the gravity of pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians taking communion. The San Francisco congresswoman, who became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, was more than forthcoming about it in a 2003 newspaper interview.

“I never knew if this was the day it (communion) would be withheld,” Pelosi told the National Catholic Reporter in January 2003. “And that’s a hard way to go to church. Fortunately, I’m invited -- I have a big family -- I go to a lot of weddings, I’m in a different church every week. I’m a moving target.”

Pelosi was not “a moving target” for Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., who had been made very aware of the Pelosi problem by the American Life League weeks before a Jan. 3 Mass celebrating her ascendancy to “most powerful woman in America” – a term Pelosi used to describe herself in festivities leading up to her election as Speaker.

But the archbishop apparently ignored appeals from the American Life League and other pro-life groups to prevent Pelosi from taking communion at the Mass, which was held at her alma mater, Trinity University , a Catholic institution. According to press reports, an archdiocesan spokesman said Wuerl did not have the authority to intervene at the college.

Outside the university chapel, pro-life protesters shouted, “Speaker Pelosi, Catholics don’t kill children!” Inside the chapel, details of the Mass were choreographed by Pelosi herself: her favorite flowers on the altar, music she selected used in the liturgy. The homily was delivered by controversial Jesuit priest Father Robert F. Drinan, who himself has supported “abortion rights.” Pelosi avoided confronting the demonstrators when the Mass concluded by slipping out a side door.

Ironically, the Mass was celebrated to honor the child victims of Hurricane Katrina and Darfur, a region in western Sudan where a genocidal, inter-tribal war has claimed nearly half a million lives.

“It is unconscionable for Rep. Pelosi to claim that the Catholic faith is an important part of her life while she relentlessly, categorically denies the teachings of the Church by supporting the killing of children through abortion,” said Judie Brown, president of the American Life League. “To add insult to injury, Pelosi is using the Catholic faith in an attempt to soften the rough exterior created by her continued support of abortion on demand.”

According to Project Vote Smart, Pelosi has been endorsed repeatedly by the National Abortion Rights Action League, and “supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2006.”

Since first being elected to the House of Representatives from San Francisco ’s 8th Congressional District in 1987, Pelosi has voted to allow human embryonic stem cell research, against restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions, against making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime, and against a ban on partial-birth abortion.

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