Perhaps revoking Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic confirmation is in order after her severe misstatements about Catholic doctrine on life and sexuality on NBC’s Meet the Press last Sunday. Pelosi told host Tom Brokaw that “the doctors of the church” have not been able to define when life begins.
Talk about a hullabaloo! And her apologists made it worse, as Brendan Daly, her spokesman, said on Tuesday, that she had based her view of conception on the “views of Saint Augustine, who said: ‘… the law does not provide that the act (abortion) pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation …”’
However, several Catholic leaders have corrected Pope Pelosi, who is now likely to never qualify for NC health insurance, as Cardinal Edward Egan of New York, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, issued statements correcting Pelosi.
Said Rigali and Lori:
“Uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology” in the Middle Ages led “some theologians to speculate that specifically human life capable of receiving an immortal soul may not exist until a few weeks into pregnancy. While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the Church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.”