Wednesday, August 27, 2008

House Reps Tell Pelosi - "Rectify Your Errant Claims and Apologize"

Nineteen Catholic Representative of the United States Congress have drafted and signed a letter telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding her highly publicized comments from this past weekend's appearance on Meet the Press. Here it is:

Speaker of the House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

On the Sunday, August 24th, broadcast of NBC’s Meet the Press, you stated “as an ardent, practicing Catholic, [abortion] is an issue that I have studied for a long time.” As fellow Catholics and legislators, we wish you would have made a more honest effort to lay out the authentic position of the Church on this core moral issue before attempting to address it with authority.

Your subsequent remarks mangle Catholic Church doctrine regarding the inherent sanctity and dignity of human life; therefore, we are compelled to refute your error.

In the interview, Tom Brokaw reminded you that the Church professes the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. As stated in the *Catechism of the Catholic Church*: “Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being” (2274).

To this, you responded, “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.” Unfortunately, your statement demonstrates a lack of understanding of Catholic teaching and belief regarding abortion.

From the Apostles of the first century to Pope John Paul the Great “the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (*Catechism *2271).

Thus, your erroneous claim about the history of the Church’s opposition to abortion is false and denigrates our common Faith. For example, during the reign of Pope Innocent XI in 1679, the Church unequivocally stated it is an error for Catholics to believe a fetus does not have a soul; and confirmed the teaching that abortion constitutes an unjustified taking of innocent human life.

To reduce the scandal and consternation caused amongst the faithful by your remarks, we necessarily write you to correct the public record and affirm the Church’s actual and historical teaching that defends the sanctity of human life. We hope that you will rectify your errant claims and apologize for misrepresenting the Church’s doctrine and misleading fellow Catholics.

Respectfully,

Thaddeus McCotter

Steve Chabot

Virginia Foxx

Phil Gingrey

Peter King (NY)

Steve King (IA)

Dan Lungren

Devin Nunes

John Sullivan

Pat Tiberi

John Boehner

Phil English

Jean Schmidt

Jim Walsh

Jeff Fortenberry

Michael McCaul

Paul Ryan

Walter Jones

Mike Ferguson

I wonder if Madam Speaker has done anything more than scoff at the attention her ignorant boastful manner has generated. Probably not.

May things such as this situation ever serve to remind us to pray for our leaders.

1 comment:

Joyful Catholics said...

God bless them for their courage, but we need a heckuva lot more of it and especially from the PULPITS across America!! Our Lady has warned us over and over again...but do we heed her warnings? No. I hope and pray we will or we will deserve what comes down the pike should Obama become the next President of the United States. The Catholic Church will also deserve the judgment of God, because as God tells us "Judgment begins in the House of God." It has...already. Wake up and fight the good fight, or we may not have a Mass to attend and we may have to go 'underground' in this country, just as our brothers and sisters in Christ do in China and other places. God have mercy!