The Bishops Pile On


Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan

Archbishop of New York

Meanwhile, Gramma slightly corrects herself but mostly digs in with this "clarification."

While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe to that view.

Again with the misuse of St. Augustine, though. Oy.

Gramma's own bishop, Niederauer, publishes the USCCB statement on his website and promises a lengthy commentary in his diocesan paper Sunday.

Someone at Amy Welborn's site remarked that Pelosi takes her embryology from the Middle Ages, not from science and technology. I thought Christians were the backward ones. (Bishop Spong said so!)

Even Pelosi obeys the Lord, though: as Danielle Bean notes in comments here, thanks to her, the whole world's going to be very clear about what the Church teaches on this matter.