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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Pelosi gets more than a photo-op ... a talking-to

    breaking: the Vatican has released a statement following the meeting which just took place:

    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.

    Well, now! {update - this was also included in today's Vatican bulletin.}

    update: Pelosi's follow-up statement, notable for its absences:

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following a meeting at the Vatican with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI:
    "It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today.
    "In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel.
    "I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family's Papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren."

    But what did you think of what the Pope said to you, madame speaker? Or was this a unilateral meeting?

    For reactions:

    update 2: more details emerge, or rather, the lack of them:

    "No journalists were at the 15-minute encounter and news is sparse since the Vatican and the speaker's offices have not released any photos. However, according to their statements it appears the pope and the politician attended two different get-togethers."

    I don't think that's necessarily the case. Typically, the visitor gets a chance to make a statement/gesture, then the pope gets to do his thing. The Vatican communique and Pelosi's follow-up could both be describing the same brief meeting, in other words.

    Some reports are saying there were not even any photographers present - which would surprise me.

    update 3: on a related note, it appears Pelosi and Archbishop Niederauer had their meeting:

    Michael Voris of Real CathlicTV reports today in his daily Vortex column that this meeting between Pelosi and Archbishop Niederauer took place quietly and clandestinely on Sunday, February 8th in a private residence in San Francisco. confirmed this fact with both the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pelosi’s office in DC. (PewSitter)

    I haven't seen any behavioral change in Pelosi since then.

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