Our Nancy chooses sides…and causes scandal
From the ever witty Marc Barnes at Bad Catholic:
At last Wednesday’s White House press briefing, a CNS reporter asked Nancy Pelosi — a self-claimed devout Catholic – if she would stand with the Church and oppose the HHS contraceptive mandate as an assault on religious freedom. In summary:
Now, this is from me:
As a native San Franciscan, I can imagine St. Francis with the same expressions as His
Eminence Excellency Cardinal-designate Archbishop Dolan—the difference would be that in order to relieve that Pelosi-inducing stress, Archbishop Dolan would probably have to go jogging, offer a rosary, and make a Holy Hour, whereas the moment St. Francis’ blood pressure began to rise, a fluffy bunny would hop into his arms and a cute fawn would emerge from the forest to caress his leg while birds chirped soothing melodies. Ahhhhh…I suppose we all have to take a breather from the distress, confusion, and frustration caused by our Nancy.
Although Archbishop Dolan may not have expressed his thoughts in precisely those exact words, here are the words did he choose in informing the Catholic faithful about the recent edict from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Finally, I have fond memories of our Holy Father’s visit to the United States in 2008. However, I recall a rather odd, awkward, and confusing moment when Pope Benedict arrived at the White House and greeted President Bush, the First Lady…and the Speaker of the House.
Here is our Nancy kissing the Fisherman’s Ring which usually is a sign of deep respect for the Holy Father (his person and his Petrine Office) as well as a pledge of obedience. For any Catholic, this is the meaning attached to this traditional greeting of the Supreme Pontiff…for the former Speaker, I’m not quite sure what it means (hence my confusion…and the SCANDAL!).
Alright, Catholics and all people of good will, let’s do this!
God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death”. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.