By James Todd
The Archbishop of San Francisco met with Speaker Pelosi on Sunday, February 8 to discuss her views on abortion.
February 18, 2009 - As U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is preparing to meet with Pope Benedict today there is some breaking news about her relationship with the Catholic Church.
Last August, Pelosi appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and did not tell the truth about Church teaching with regard to abortion. She said it was an open question and there was no definitive teaching.
The next day, in a written statement, she backed off that position after a howl of protests went up from laity as well as Catholic bishops.
As a result of the uproar, her bishop in San Francisco, Archbishop George Niederauer issued a lengthy statement of his own. He concluded it by saying, " .. as her pastor, I am writing to invite her into a conversation with me about these matters. It is my obligation to teach forthrightly and to shepherd caringly, and that is my intent."
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. Realcatholictv.com confirmed this fact with both the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pelosi’s office in DC.
Pelsoi’s spokesman Brendan Daly said Pelosi described the meeting as quote .. "cordial and pleasant .. a fair exchange and good."
When pressed by realcatholictv.com producer and host Michael Voris , if "good" meant that she had changed her position on abortion and finally gotten in line with Catholic teaching, Daly replied, "You won’t see that happening. She is not changing her position on abortion."
This puts the ball squarely in the archbishop’s court now. He has met with her. They explained each other’s position. She admits that she understood Church teaching incorrectly and now, presumably, understands it correctly and yet remains defiant.
What follows now is very important. The Archbishop himself is away on retreat for the rest of the week according to Archdiocese Communications Director, Maurice Healy.
But when he comes back, there are some serious questions waiting. The biggest one being what is his next step.
The Archbishop has met with her and has explained Church’s teaching- - and Speaker Pelosi has said .. good meeting .. thank you. I still support abortion.
The bottom line is will Archbishop Niederauer now refuse her Holy Communion?
Your move Archbishop -- a lot of people are watching.
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