MR. BROKAW: The Catholic Church at the moment feels very strongly that it...
REP. PELOSI: I understand that.
MR. BROKAW: ...begins at the point of conception.
REP. PELOSI: I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy.
Remarkable. After all, I'm not even a Catholic -- much less an "ardent" one -- and yet I'm crystal clear that abortion rights and the sanctity of life haven't really been too "controversial" in any segment of the Catholic Church. Ever.
Just in case Pelosi's interested, here is the official statement on abortion from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Perhaps the most relevant part is as follows:
Since its beginnings, Christianity has maintained a firm and clear teaching on the sacredness of human life. Jesus Christ emphasized this in his teaching and ministry. Abortion was rejected in the earliest known Christian manual of discipline, the Didache.
Early Church fathers likewise condemned abortion as the killing of innocent human life. A third century Father of the Church, Tertullian, called it "accelerated homicide." Early Church councils considered it one of the most serious crimes. Even during periods when Aristotle's theory of "delayed ensoulment" led Church law to assign different penalties to earlier and later abortions, abortion at any stage was still considered a grave evil.
If Nancy Pelosi is willing to push such obviously baldfaced misrepresentations of her own Church's teaching for political ends, can anything she says be believed?
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