But here is the astute move of the Holy Father: he does not allow photographers or reporters in to the meeting. No congratulatory photo-op for Pelosi, no propaganda tool to prop up her theology of convenience. No reporter to give his lefty-spin on proceedings.
Great. But the Holy Father does better than mere press silence. Instead, the Vatican issues the one and only account of the meeting, publishing the Holy Father's unmistakably clear admonition that Catholic politicians must defend life. Pelosi can no longer claim to be confused about Catholic teaching on this issue or her duties by this teaching in the political sphere. Her claims were never credible; now they are nonexistent.
Hope she enjoyed the meeting otherwise. Perhaps she may even consider listening to the Pope for a change.
Now if we can keep her away from the Austrian bishops before she comes home-- they might tell her to continue to disobey the Pope.
Pope: Catholic politicians must protect life
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) - 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," the Vatican said.
Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.
The Vatican released remarks by the pope 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."
Pelosi could not immediately be reached after the 15-minute meeting, which was closed to reporters and photographers. The two met in a small room of a Vatican auditorium after the pope's weekly public audience.
A number of the bishops in the United States have questioned Pelosi's stance on abortion, particularly her theological defense of her support for abortion rights.
Benedict has cautiously welcomed the new Democratic administration, although several American cardinals have sharply criticized its support of abortion rights in a break from former President George W. Bush.
Pelosi had meetings with Italian leaders the past few days, including Premier Silvio Berlusconi.