Speaker of the House—and practicing Catholic—Nancy Pelosi made some rather interesting comments at a recent Capitol Hill Catholic Community Conference and personally — I don’t know, I’m a bit confused by her words. Keep reading … you’ll understand.
“They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
“And that Word,” Pelosi said, “is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.
“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
Well, I guess that you have to give Pelosi credit for trying to connect with some of her audience …
CBS News attempts to clarify where Pelosi was coming from a bit:
John 1:14 states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.”
The passage from the Gospel of John, Christians believe, refers to God (the Word) becoming a man, Jesus Christ, at the moment of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was going to have a child. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “the Incarnation is the mystery and the dogma of the Word made Flesh.”
Section 423 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He ‘came from God’, ‘descended from heaven’, and ‘came in the flesh’. For ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father … And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.”
Pelosi’s words (no pun intended) are considered a bit hypocritical by some, who feel that her position on legalized abortion go against her professed Catholic beliefs. Her critics include Pope Benedict XVI, who had a private meeting with Pelosi a year or so ago. I would love to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation, following which the Vatican released this statement:
“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 co-operation 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.”
So let me get this straight. Pelosi publicly, vehemently, and proudly supports abortion, which is of course her right both as an American citizen and a lawmaker—but, come on, it goes completely against the teachings of the Catholic Church, which she claims to embrace. You kind of can’t have it both ways, Madame Speaker, and rambling to a gathering of Catholics about “the Word” does not change anything.
Pelosi is by no means the only pro-choice Catholic; she is not even the only pro-choice Catholic politician. However, her
Sarah Palin impression attempts at vocalizing something she either doesn’t know much about or is only meant to placate a specific audience really rubbed me the wrong way.
Not surprisingly, Pelosi’s reps ignored CBSNews.com’s follow-up questions “regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh”.
So what are your thoughts on Pelosi’s words on “the Word”?