Cardinal Egan channels Cardinal O'Connor, and lays the smackdown on Nancy Pelosi

Nancy “Ardent Catholic” Pelosi was on Meet the Press this past Sunday, making excuses for her radically proabortion views and lying about the Catholic Church’s long-standing, non-negotiable teaching on the issue. Among other things, Pelosi claimed that the Church’s teaching that “life begins at conception” was “like maybe 50 years or something like that.”

Oh really?

Needless to say, Catholics across the United States were horrified by Pelosi’s patently-false statements, and the USCCB, at least three bishops, and one cardinal have taken madam speaker to the woodshed for blatantly misrepresenting the Church’s clear and unequivocal teaching on abortion. My favorite rebuke, by far, is this one by Cardinal Egan of New York:

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.

Wow. Now, that’ll leave a mark.

Pelosi, of course, continues to dig herself into an even deeper hole.

But hey, no need to worry dems. It’s not like abortion is going to be a big issue this fall.