Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pelosi Meets Benedict XVI


Official Vatican statement:

"Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”


Source: Catholic News Service

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff also emitted a statement after the audience, in question.

Moreover, Vatican Radio notes:

(18 Feb 09 - RV) Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Gateway Pundit
asseverates that Pelosi was "rebuked" by the Holy Father.

Deal Hudson indicates that neither photographers nor reporters were permitted in the room during the 15 minute meeting.

Opinionated Catholic picked up from the Italian news wires that the meeting lasted an extra 15 minutes.

The NRO staff has produced a hilarious but cuttingly fictional account of Pelosi meeting the Pope.

Whispers in the Loggia has further reporting and background information.

FoxNews, The Hill, Fidelis, The Page, Pat Dollard, Pro Ecclesia, The Anchoress , The Curt Jester and have all picked up the story, with added insight, as well.

The Creative Minority Report has a rather intriguing illustration as to a hypothetical interaction between the the Speaker of the House and the Supreme Pontiff.

Politico, not surprisingly, has a contrarian view as to what truly transpired. (read the comments section to see the anti-Catholic bigotry so typical of the Left)

See below a video celebrating aspects of the Vatican's 80th anniversary as a city state.


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