It’s confirmed, Nancy Pelosi has her date. According to the Vatican’s Press Office, Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday.
Though a self-described “ardent Catholic,” Speaker Pelosi is confused about what it means to be Catholic.
Hopefully many of you are praying for her. Monumental efforts appreciated!
After her Meet the Press appearance the US Conference of Catholic Bishops responded via this statement issued by, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport:
In the course of a “Meet the Press” interview on abortion and other public issues on August 24, 2008, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.
The Church has always taught that human life deserves respect from its very beginning and that procured abortion is a grave moral evil. In the Middle Ages, uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology 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.
These mistaken biological theories became obsolete over 150 years ago when scientists discovered that a new human individual comes into being from the union of sperm and egg at fertilization. In keeping with this modern understanding, the Church has long taught that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with respect for the fundamental right to life.
These verses from Chapter 51 of Imitation of Christ speak to my prayer vs world experiences and fluctuations:
“My Son, thou art not always able to continue in very fervent desire after virtues, nor to stand fast in the loftier region of contemplation; but thou must of necessity sometimes descend to lower things because of thine original corruption, and bear about the burden of corruptible life, though unwillingly and with weariness. So long as thou wear a mortal body, thou shalt feel weariness and heaviness of heart. Therefore thou ought to groan often in the flesh because of the burden of the flesh, inasmuch as thou canst not give thyself to spiritual studies and divine contemplation unceasingly.”
“At such a time it is expedient for thee to flee to humble and external works, and to renew thyself with good actions; to wait for My coming and heavenly visitation with sure confidence; to bear thy exile and drought of mind with patience, until thou be visited by Me again, and be freed from all anxieties. For I will cause thee to forget thy labors, and altogether to enjoy eternal peace. I will spread open before thee the pleasant pastures of the Scriptures, that with enlarged heart thou may begin to run in the way of My commandments. And thou shalt say, ‘The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.‘”
It’s a bit of a jolt leaving morning mass to engage life on planet earth again. The car radio was on; Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician, and Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connections on Immaculate Heart Radio, brought the secular world sharply into focus. Both ladies are terrific. Each is taking on the the culture of death and perversion as their professions allow. Dr. Meeker spoke of how she has encountered the effects of even soft porn in her practice. Looking at the aftermath of pornography through a pediatrician’s eyes can bring tears to mine.
Dr. Meeker spoke of pornography as being “straight from the pit of hell” and striking at the heart of the home. It feeds a bent in the human person for evil, especially in someone who has a propensity for sexual evil. “It’s going to breed a whole generation of young men, and even older men, who are going to play it out and the victims are going to be younger and younger and younger children.” She goes on to say, “Some of the most disturbing, horrific, days I have had as a pediatrician have been when I have had to confront people… deal with young children who have been sexually abused by a perpetrator. It’s just devastating, absolutely devastating… It does start with a perverse soft porn, a song, pictures on a page, pictures on a video screen, and it gets worse and worse and worse.”
There definitely is a reason we been asked to “pray without ceasing.” Add to prayer, vigilance, in our homes and over our hearts. “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
“And because the homicides involved in abortion are ”little murders” – the kind of private, legally protected murders that kill conveniently unseen lives – it’s easy to look the other way.”
“Cardinal Francis George said recently, too many Americans have ”no recognition of the fact that children continue to be killed [by abortion], and we live therefore, in a country drenched in blood. This can’t be something you start playing off pragmatically against other issues.”
I reached into my pocket and found the small plastic fetus I use to interject reality into the conversation on Life vs. abortion in a timein which we have to show people the cost of abstracted arguments hiding behind “privacy” and “choice”. Read here what “choice” actually means.
“We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue, and it’s never an end in itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of evil.” Archbishop Charles Chaput
Here is a photograph I took of a tree struck by lightening. I call it, “Nature cries out!” I see in it a recognizable image.
Can you see it? Let me know what you see.
"By His stripes we are healed." "Father forgive them. They know not what they do."
As Presidents’ Daybids us remember our nation’s presidents and the legacy they left to our country, we would do well to pray for President Barack Obama. The legacy of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” rests first and foremost on the God-given gift of Life. No life: no liberty and no pursuit of happiness!
If President Obama’s promises to Planned Parenthood to sign FOCA (in whatever form it finally emerges) are realized in law, this president’s legacy will be written in the deaths of countless more unborn Americans.