Pope to Speaker Pelosi: Reject Abortion Support [UPDATED]
The Holy Father apparently told the "ardent practicing" Conservative Catholic Grandmother™ to get with the program during their meeting today:
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday told U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights, that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development."
Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the American Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.
The Vatican released the pope's remarks to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church's teaching "on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death." That is an expression often used by the pope when expressing opposition to abortion.
Benedict said all Catholics — especially legislators, jurists and political leaders — should work to create "a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."
The Vatican said it was not issuing a photo of the meeting — as it usually does when the pope meets world leaders — saying the encounter was private. The statement said the pope "briefly greeted" Pelosi and did not mention any other subject they may have discussed...
UPDATE (19 February)
George Weigel wonders - given the conflicting accounts coming from their respective press offices - whether Pope Benedict and Speaker Pelosi were "in the same meeting, or even in the same city, this morning?"
(Hat tip: Don McClarey at American Catholic)
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