Pelosi: Those bishops suing HHS don’t speak for the Catholic Church

posted at 10:41 am on June 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Today, a series of protests around the nation for religious freedom will take place, in part to support the 43 Catholic institutions and dioceses that have filed suit against the HHS contraception mandate as an unconstitutional incursion on the free expression of religion.  CNS News went to the most important and well-informed Catholic in American politics to get her reaction to the lawsuit, and to find out whether she supports it:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on Thursday that the 43 Catholic institutions—including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the Archdiocese of New York–that are suing the Obama administration over its regulation mandating that all health-care plans must cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients are not speaking for the Catholic Church.

CNSNews.com asked Pelosi, who is Catholic, whether she supported her church in the lawsuits it has filed, which argue that the administration’s regulation violates the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment.

“What about the 43 Catholic institutions [that] have now sued the administration over the regulation that requires them to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients in their health care plans?” CNSNews.com asked. “They say that violates their religious freedom.  Do you support the Catholic Church in their lawsuits against the administration?”

“Well, I don’t think that’s the entire Catholic Church,” Pelosi responded. “Those people have a right to sue, but I don’t think they’re speaking ex cathedra for the Catholic Church.  And there are people in the Catholic Church, including some of the bishops, who have suggested that some of this may be premature,” Pelosi said.

For those who wonder what ex cathedra means, it refers to declarations from the Pope considered to be infallible.  They are exceedingly rare; the only one of which I’m aware since the formal declaration of the ex cathedra process established the doctrine in 1950 that Mary was bodily transported to heaven.  Popes do not issue ex cathedra declarations on issues pertaining to governance, not even of the church itself.  The doctrine that opposes abortion and contraception goes back to the earliest days of the church, and doesn’t require an ex cathedra declaration.  Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae in 1968 recapitulated that doctrine and brought the teaching into modern times, and bishops rely on it as instruction to themselves and the faithful.

The problem in this case is that Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, and Nancy Pelosi are trying to dictate ex cathedra their definition of religious expression — in order to curtail it.  The Constitution doesn’t allow them to do that, and the bishops are making that point plain.

As most Catholics outside of Capitol Hill know and understand, the bishops speak for the Catholic Church, quite literally within their own dioceses, and in every other way when united as a group.  They do not need an ex cathedra declaration to make decisions on public policy (and as I noted above, most of them would go a lifetime without seeing one anyway).   Furthermore, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops unanimously oppose the HHS mandate and have called for opposition to it.  That is speaking with as much unanimity as one is likely to find within the Catholic Church, and while that doesn’t mean that every Catholic has to agree with it, it does mean that every Catholic should at least recognize that the bishops are indeed speaking for the Church in this matter.

Speaking of which, the Catholic bishops will be participating in today’s rallies, and in a “Fortnight for Freedom” protest that follows (via Asian Conservatives):

Under the leadership of national co-directors Eric Scheidler and Monica Miller, Stand Up For Religious Freedom has built a coalition that includes 96 Catholic and non-Catholic religious and civil rights organizations.

Stand Up For Religions Freedom’s first nationwide rally took place on the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death” speech. Its upcoming event coincides with the 223rd anniversary of James Madison’s introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first U.S. Congress.

The new wave of protests comes as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the 2010 health care law, under which the contraception mandate was drafted and finalized. The mandate requires employers to purchase plans that include coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so goes against their beliefs.

Soon after the June 8 protests, U.S. Catholics will join with their bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom” dedicated to religious liberty.

Some may choose to close their ears.  Others will hopefully have them opened.


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Pope Pelosi!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

She’s crazy.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

What a treat this woman is!
The new press secretary for Rome!
Their Jay Carney?

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Judgement day is going to be a looooong day for old Nancy. She’s got some ‘splaining to do.

BacaDog on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

But she’s ardent! Surely, that must stand for something! /

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

They’d never ask it, but the proper follow-up question for the press was: “Never mind ex cathedra, do the bishops speak with greater ecclesiastical authority than the cafeteria Catholics of Congress?”

de rigueur on June 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

All those toxins in the Botox have finally gotten to her last bits of gray matter

phreshone on June 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

CUNNING STUNT!

400lb Gorilla on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

She gets stupider all the time.

PetecminMd on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

She just can’t help herself when she gets in front of a mic. Genetic or enviormental?

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Pope Pelosi!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

That’s what I was thinking.

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Did I really hear her say she only lives her religion on Sunday and not the other days of the week?

How does one do that?

Kraken on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Actually, she’s right. They are speaking for God, at least in this instance.

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

It’s been almost 20 years now since the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on this:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=508&invol=520

That case sets a VERY high bar for the government before they can compell a religion to do something, or forebear from doing something. If goverenment can’t tell the Santerias they may not sacrifice goats, chickens, turtles, etc, it’s hard for me to see how government can tell Catholics they must provide reproductive services to employees at their universities.

radjah shelduck on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

“I do my religion on Sunday in Church” unless it is about the war on women then I will talk about that and the church whenever I feel like it. Now that that isn’t working I will now not talk about religion…

Also like the “those people” …. who just so happen to be the Bishops of her religion..

momof2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Pope Pelosi!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Time for some pope soap on a rope.

WhatNot on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Could someone please send the congresswoman a copy of A Man For All Seasons?

apostic on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Dementia is a horrible thing.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Man, I truly despise this woman’s viewpoint. She’s not a good person and she shouldn’t be where she is, but rather, in jail.

HomeoftheBrave on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

CHUTZPAH!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

How does one do that?

Kraken on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Quite easily. Just make sure that there are two parts to yourself. Neither part interferes with the other. A woman for all seasons, so to speak.

See how that works?

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

“You know what, I do my religion on Sunday in church, and I try to go other days of the week. I don’t do it at this press conference,” she said

She fundamentally misunderstands religion. You aren’t a Catholic, or any other religious persuasion, for ninety minutes on Sunday morning (or whenever you have services.)

rbj on June 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Please put her on television every day. Please associate her with elected democrats every day.
Please associate her with president ogabe. Please make her the face of liberalism. Please let her represent progressivism.

Please put her on television every day.

tom daschle concerned on June 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Pelosi: Those bishops suing HHS don’t speak for the Catholic Church

Kind of like Nancy Pelosi not speaking for Unwise, botoxed, liberal women.

dirtseller on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

“I guarantee she sleeps upside down.” – Dennis Miller

VinceOfDoom on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Ed – are they afraid to start ex-communicating people like Pelosi because it will create some fracture, ala the Anglicans?

Dolan may not need to play this card, but he should address the difference between political disagreement and doctrinal usurpation, and how one should consider another religion that’s in accordance with their beliefs.

budfox on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

And she thinks she speaks for the Church? What Crurch , St. John’s of the Toilet Bowl?

Wade on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“Well, I don’t think that’s the entire Catholic Church,” Pelosi responded.

I think she said the same thing about her meeting with Pope Benedict a few years back, where she was called out on using her proclaimed Catholic faith to push for abortion.

teke184 on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“Libtard 2012 of the Year goes to” (opens up envelope)…”Oh, we have a tie—Nancy Pelosi & DebbieWassermanSluts, come up here and get your reward”…

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Denial is a fascinating emotion. Some people, like Pelosi, take it to new heights.

MadisonConservative on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Pelosi certainly isn’t a practicing Roman Catholic by any definition of which I am aware. The Lord has a special place for folks like her. Probably melt that botox right out of her.

Now, as House Minority Leader…why is she constantly permitted to mix religion and government? Isn’t that what the Libs and Prog’s keep telling all of us…don’t get your faith-based morals and religion involved in our government???

Maybe Obama will appoint her Pope after he wins in November???

coldwarrior on June 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Did I really hear her say she only lives her religion on Sunday and not the other days of the week?

How does one do that?

Kraken on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Rather dismissive of the self-righteous b*tch, isn’t it?

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

BTW Ed, this auto start of the clip is annoying.

dirtseller on June 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I am very happy that the Catholics and other faiths are getting involved with this issue. Hadn’t heard anything lately about this and hope they get results from bhocare mandate.
L

letget on June 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You aren’t a Catholic, or any other religious persuasion, for ninety minutes on Sunday morning (or whenever you have services.)

rbj on June 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’m pretty sure she thinks if she sits in her garage, she’ll become a car.

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wow just wow

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

BTW Ed, this auto start of the clip is annoying.

dirtseller on June 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Firefox or Seamonkey. Internet Explorer is a tool of the vast liberal billionaire conspiracy.

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Ed didn’t transcribe the end of this clip:

Reporter: Do you agree with the Catholic Church teaching –
Pelosi: You know what, I do my religion on Sunday in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.

Of course, she is perfectly within her rights to refuse to answer a question about her personal religious principles;
however, those people who are suing the government may be wondering if she only does her religion on Sundays, in church.

AesopFan on June 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

My main problem with the Catholic Church is that it allows people like Pelosi to continue to claim to BE Catholic and to take communion, when anyone else who was as clearly and openly HERETICAL as she is would not be.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

My thoughts exactly!

katy on June 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I’m pretty sure she thinks if she sits in her garage, she’ll become a car.

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Apparently spent too much time in the toilet.

coldwarrior on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m not Catholic, although my wife is. BOTH of us are stunned that Pelosi and multiple Democrats haven’t been excommunicated from the Catholic Church yet.

My understanding is that excommunication happens when egregious violations of Church Doctrine have taken place, the offender has been confronted with these and asked to repent and has refused. Perhaps there needs to be a more formal confrontation, but Pelosi et al’s utter refusal to follow Church doctrine on this issue seem prime facie to be a complete rejection. Is this not enough? Why are these slimy lowlifes still allowed to call themselves Catholic? Why have excommunication procedures not been started?

Are American Bishops still so weak kneed that they won’t confront a politician in not only espousing anti-doctrinal views, but then VOTING on laws that are anti-doctrinal?

I don’t get it.

wearyman on June 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

wasn’t her favorite word “The word”?
Now I’m thinking it’s “abortifacients”.

LtGenRob on June 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Just shows what repeated injections of Botox will do to one’s brain.

GarandFan on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Shes a lunatic.

Funny, the issue happens to be about the Entire (American) Catholic Church, not being exempt from having to provide birth control, and sterilization via health insurance plans, and pay for it. The HHS decided only the places that look like you use them on Sunday get the exemption. And there are other things besides birth control that the Entire Catholic Church is going to have a problem with. Paying for IVF, EXPENSIVE, Not Natural, sorry.

And the confusing even to a layman, difference in the Catholic Church between the person who desires more natural treatment and no extraordinary means to prolong life and Doctor Directed/Condoned Suicide. The distinction is huge, intellectual, but important in respect for human life.

Fleuries on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Kraken on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

She does not live religion. Its a “do religion” thingamajig for her.

antisocial on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

OT: BHO presser…he’s pretending that he has been working on solving the European debt crisis and jobs for Americans…while partying on AF1 on the way to Hollywood.

d1carter on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

she’s as religioius as Obama; only when its politically expedient

burserker on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

“I do my church on Sundays and other days of the week if possible, snark you very much!” – Nanzi Pelosi

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I’m a Catholic and Nancy Pelosi doesn’t speak for me. She and others like her should be excommunicated. I never understood by Ted Kennedy and Pelosi even call themselves Catholics. They do not follow the beliefs of the church. If being pro-abortion isn’t enough to get you excommunicated then what is? Pelosi makes me sick.

neyney on June 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The heifer really does not understand that “Christian” thingy, does she?

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

She’s insane.

To accept that she is a Catholic is to render the word meaningless.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Wow.

Ed, aren’t you the guy who keeps saying that Obama is going to make some sort of accomodation with the Church? ;)

I mean, even most cafeteria Catholics know that the Bishops do, in fact, literally speak for the Church. (As I am ever so fond of telling my friends, the Church is NOT a democracry.)

Hm. If her Bishop won’t do something extraordinary with this, I think perhaps Benedict might do something extraordinary with her Bishop?

This is serious. And it won’t help Democrats with Catholics at all.

Scott H on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

In the ten minutes I took out to answer the phone before submitting my comment, several other people noticed the same interesting phraseology.

AesopFan on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

She is a typical arrogant, liberal, fool. She continually proclaims her ignorance and is a model for the establishment in San Francissy. A disgrace to the Congress of the United States. A total waste of oxygen.

ultracon on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

CNSNews.com asked Pelosi, who is was Catholic…

FIFY

Dexter_Alarius on June 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Pelosi’s statement is almost as stunning as the 1950 discovery that Mary was “bodily transported to heaven.”

I wonder how many Roman Catholics know that Thomas Aquinas, probably the leading saint of the medieval period, denied the extrabiblical notion of Mary’s “Immaculate Conception.” Indeed, Aquinas rightly belived that Mary was conceived in original sin, just like all sons of Adam.

Sorry to offend, but I won’t withold the truth to avoid giving offense.

Stayright on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Oh, I don’t want to say, but I’m thinking about it. Imagining it. All right — Time to bring back the Inquisition!

Little Nell on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

CUNNING STUNT!

400lb Gorilla on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Don’t you mean CUPID STUNT?

bigmacdaddy on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

She had better hope she dies on Sunday……

rwven on June 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Perplexed Pelosium!!

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

So the bogus popes have now all been heard from: Obama, Sebelius and Pelosi–is this the new Holy Trinity?

stukinIL4now on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Lord please bring light into the darkness of my sister Nancy’s mind. Show her, please, where she is in error. Let her repent, turn around, and give glory to You. Send Your angel, the one that You gave as her guard at her conception, who always sees Your face, to show her that time is short and that You love her, even when she is in error and Your forgiveness is present as long as she draws breath. Lord, You love her and died for her, please bring her back to You.

talking_mouse on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The HHS decided only the places that look like you use them on Sunday get the exemption.

Fleuries on June 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

So, “doing church on Sunday” is the point-of-view of most of the leftist administration.

AesopFan on June 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

“Those People”!

–Nancy Pelosium!

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Pelosi, you stupid cow, the Catholic Church isn’t a club where the members get to pick and choose what to believe in and what not to believe in. It is a religion – if you do not accept its tenets don’t go around calling yourself a Catholic.

St Gaudens on June 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

She’s so silly. Ironic that the first woman speaker sets the advance of women back to the days of I Love Lucy. Not to degrade that great show at all by association with Safe-District Nancy. Or she’s suffering from botox poisoning. They’re just now learning of side effects for long time users. Brain stuff. Pelosi would confirm this, anecdotally. But you add in Biden and you have reproduceable results. Two data points can make the beginning of a trend. Our government is infested with emotionless Botox zombies.

curved space on June 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

A person who restricts “their religion” to once a week in church actually does not believe in “their” religion and probably does not believe in G0d.

sabbahillel on June 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

So the bogus popes have now all been heard from: Obama, Sebelius and Pelosi–is this the new Holy Trinity?

stukinIL4now on June 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

They can be, for islam or scientology or some other fake cult. But not for Christianity.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I have a request for HotAir.

From now on, when you put up a thread about this woman, please
use 2 azz cheeks in place of a photo of her.

Truly, human excrement on display every time she opens
her mouth.

ToddPA on June 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

E-X-C-O-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-E-D.

listens2glenn on June 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Quite easily. Just make sure that there are two parts to yourself. Neither part interferes with the other. A woman for all seasons, so to speak.

See how that works?

platypus on June 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Oh. I tried that once. The one part became so evil I had to kill him. For the good of all…

Kraken on June 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The reporter’s original question asked if Pelosi agreed with the bishops’ point of view that the mandate conflicts with freedom of religious expression. Pelosi totally ignored the premise of the question — religious freedom– and focused only on the number of bishops engaged in the lawsuit.

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

CUNNING STUNT!

400lb Gorilla on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Don’t you mean CUPID STUNT?

bigmacdaddy on June 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Gotta go with bigmacdaddy on this one!

Conservative4Ever on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Also free in Obamacare: Monthly Papist Smears.

RBMN on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

No wonder Nancy looks smug and cocky,she has a new hammer,
er, gavel!!
———-

Nancy Pelosi‏@NancyPelosi

Thank you Capitol Hill #LGBT staff for fabulous rainbow gavel in honor of my 25 yrs #pelosi25

http://twitter.com/NancyPelosi/status/210516233475461120/photo/1

canopfor on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Delusions of grandeur, anyone?

Also, please note — she confines her religion to attending church. Phoo!

Scriptor on June 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Somebody please take a pin and pop her head.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Delusions of grandeur adequacy, anyone?

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on June 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

She got pretty testy at the end, didn’t she?

Remember, this is the same woman who brilliantly informed us that paying out unemployment benefits was one of the best job creating programs we have.

TarheelBen on June 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

In liberalism if you say it is is true.

Pelosi is a Catholic.
Warren is Cherokee squaw.
I am the Walrus.

CorporatePiggy on June 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

As most Catholics outside of Capitol Hill know and understand, the bishops speak for the Catholic Church, quite literally within their own dioceses, and in every other way when united as a group.

This is not quite precise -the USCCB, for example, in the words of Cardinal Ratzinger (the present Pope Benedict XI) long ago reminded the faithful that such national councils have no hirarchal authority.

When the bishops of the Church speak “in unity” with the pope on issues of faith and morals, they then have such authority, though one is obligated to follow a bishops position unless one cannot due to a “conscience” (not opinion – or an ill formed conscience)

Pelosi’s view, which differs with the inarguably defined grave sin – abortion is always wrong – is unacceptable as one’s conscience cannot over rule a clearly defined truth.

Her position appears to be an old one -I will not serve!

Don L on June 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey, she’s 72 years old. She’s older and a step off her political game, less attuned to the need for clarity and message-discipline during interviews.

Quisp on June 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

How would she know? When’s the last time she set foot in one (Catholic Church, that is)?

Sir Napsalot on June 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Oh, yes, they actually do speak for the Catholic church, you non-Catholic Catholic. You who supports abortion is not a Catholic. Go read your Catechism.

chai on June 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Pelosi: You know what, I do my religion on Sunday in church, and I try to go other days of the week; I don’t do it at this press conference.

Actually, biotch, you do your religion every day you act in any official capacity. The church part is a pretense, a mantle to try to cover your disease.

Eren on June 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The Mad Queen form Alice in Wonderland, or Lady Macbeth ?
Take your pick.

esblowfeld on June 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

If she only used her “faith” as a political checkbox, it wouldn’t be so bad, but she deliberately undermines the Catholicism by acting like she has some authority contradict the bishops on behalf of the Church.

The Count on June 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Please put her on television every day.

Pelosi/Wasserman-Schultz should be constant Romney attack ad.

gerrym51 on June 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Nancy Pelosi=LIARBREATH

mojowt on June 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The problem in this case is that Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, and Nancy Pelosi are trying to dictate ex cathedra their definition of religious expression — in order to curtail it.

The pagan worldview of the State is that it is divine. Before they can institute that worldview upon others, they must first insert themselves in between the citizen, and God. Once they do that, then all edicts published from on high become, by definition, divine.

Very nice historical context, Ed.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Dear Nancy,

Exx xx, xxxxx!

No wait, don’t!

patch on June 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It would be so awesome if Pope Benedict would make a statement about this.

rockmom on June 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Stayright: I would not be surprised if Thomas Aquinas disagreed with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. He’s not always right. ;) I can also cite Augustine’s position on a few matters, if you like.

Furthermore, I am not sure why you bring this up when the doctrine Ed is discussing is the doctrine of the Assumption, not the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. (I do know how they’re connected, but I see no use of that connection here.)

Scott H on June 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The State is Nancy’s religion, not Roman Catholicism. And that religion she does practice every day of the week.

Barnestormer on June 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

“I don’t do it at this press conference”

Man oh man. Every Catholic I know has to be horrified at that statement, the arrogance with which it was delivered, and its implications.

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

If Pelosi wants to speak for the Catholic Church, she should go to seminary and have herself ordained as its first priestess. I don’t think the Church would agree, but her departure would be a great improvement for Congress.

In the meantime, the bishops DO speak for the Catholic Church.

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Even though it’s none of my business, but does she really attend mass every Sunday? Does she really?!!? And other days of the week? I kinda get the impression she hasn’t seen the inside of a Catholic church in a long time.

Crocket838 on June 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I see, and old pasty face Nancy things she does speak for the Church? The woman is an absolute fool.

rplat on June 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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