Pope v. Pelosi

This round to the Pope, I think, in spite of the blogosphere's fears about her making a photo-op of it to fool Catholic voters back home. However, dig the Vatican's press release about it, bearing in mind that these things are crafted in the most bland, cautious, diplomatic language possible:

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.

Translation: Gramma got spanked. CMR was hoping for something a little tougher, but I think it'll do.

Update: Well-played, Holiness.

The Vatican said it was not issuing a photo of the meeting — as it usually does when the pope meets world leaders — saying the encounter was private.