A few thoughts on Pelosi’s ‘Word’ June 2, 2010Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, General Catholic, scandals.
There has been a ton of coverage on Nancy Pelosi’s statement that ‘the Word’, the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us, guides and shapes her political ideology. Many int he Catholic blogosphere are asking alot of questions regarding this statement, with some taking the view that Ms. Pelosi must surely be schizophrenic to be someone who professes to be guided by the Gospel, and at the same time takes so many policy positions absolutely contrary to the Faith (and having this pointed out to her very clearly by the Pope). Some have also hypothesized that Pelosi is playing some kind of game here with the bishops conference to try to get them to support even more strongly comprehensive immigration reform.
I’m not sure what is up with Pelosi. I have been strongly opposed to her policies and leadership in her tenure as Speaker of the House, and I think she has done great harm to the Church in the US with her repeated, scandalous misrepresentations of the doctrine of the Faith. But, I think I agree with the Anchoress, that Ms. Pelosi is someone who takes her faith pretty seriously and is struggling to reconcile what the Church teaches with what she believes. Ms. Pelosi is an ardent feminist whose formative years were a time of incredible changes in the Church, many of which departed from established Church doctrine. To be blunt, someone of Ms. Pelosi’s political persuasions has been able to find bishops and priests willing to tell her that supporting abortion and contraception was perfectly legitimate. Now, the Church is changing, it’s becoming more orthodox, and fewer and fewer people within the Church are willing to give her cover (and more are willing to challenge her). I think she’s having a hard time wrapping her head around that. I think the meeting with Pope Benedict was the catalyst. I think she’s struggling to somehow align her feminist identity politics with the Faith. I think she’s too stubborn (and too wedded to the glamor and illusory power of the world) to realize that if she really wants to grow in her faith and be a devout Catholic, she needs to drop a number of her beliefs.
I could definitely be wrong. She could be just what alot of people think – someone so completely screwed up on what the Church believes and teaches that she thinks Jesus favored killing babies in utero. But I think it may be more complex than that. It will be interesting to see what develops. Even though it may be hard, pray for her. Pray for her conversion – what a story that would be, pro-abort Pelosi becomes a powerful pro-life advocate.