Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pelosi, in her own words, reveals ignorance about Eucharist

I'm getting to this article a few days late, but better late than never.

Pelosi is quoted in a book written by Kerry Kennedy called, Being Catholic Now. Remember Hebrews 13:8-9a:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.

On February 13, 2009, Kathryn Jean Lopez shared a portion of it in the National Catholic Register (emphases mine in bold; comments bracketed in red]:

Pelosi has preached her own unique gospel of death in the past on the Sabbath Day morning political shows [excellent wording]. As the Democratic Convention was set to begin in Denver this summer, Pelosi announced that the Church really had no idea when life began, citing Augustine and Aquinas as backup. She had absolutely no qualms with her party’s continued legal-abortion activism and their nominee’s radical position on even infanticide.

But none of this comes as a surprise to me. Consider what she wrote in a book called Being Catholic Now [by Kerry Kennedy] earlier this year. In it she [Pelosi]explained, “I’ve always been pro-choice. To me, it’s like saying, ‘Should we surrender our brains?’ I feel very comfortable with it." [No, you don't surrender your brains, you use them to truly study what the Church teaches, with humility and openness. You then use your brains to consider God may not be granting you the understanding now, but may, in time, if you humbly obey even when you don't understand after careful study. It takes no faith to obey that which we understand, but a great deal of faith to obey that which we do not understand when Holy Mother Church, with her 2000 years of wisdom and grace, feeds it to us. Put another way, those obedient to Church teaching are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world! Obedience is not imposed by the Church, but freely chosen by the humble through the use of their brains] But then, we really got to the core of the problem.

In the book, she recalls that around the time of her swearing in as the first woman speaker of the House, her granddaughter was preparing to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time (my words, not hers).

Relaying an exchange with the girl, her mother and Grandma Nancy, the congresswoman writes that the girl announced that she wanted to explain that “‘it is the BODY and BLOOD of Christ. When we go to church, IT IS THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.’”

Her mother corrected the girl: “‘Yes, the host and the wine REPRESENT the body and blood of Christ.’”

But Nancy’s granddaughter protested, God bless her: “‘NOT represent. IS, it IS the body and blood of Christ.’” [Indeed, God bless her....and the priests, religious, and lay people who were involved in the young girl's formation. Pray for this child, that she remain faithful in the face of such confusion in the adults around her]

Pelosi writes, “My granddaughter was buying into it.”

Pelosi goes on to explain: “Okay. But it is hard. Every Sunday for me it’s hard. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Now think of it; we say that every week. Do I really believe he’s coming again? Yes, I believe he’s coming again. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. This is my body; this is my blood. They’re asking a lot. In my era, we didn’t question any of it.” [This is just confusing. She needs to un-busy herself and sit down with the Catechism of the Catholic Church]

Of course, it’s not “they” who are asking anything. It’s Him.

Meanwhile, it’s no wonder Nancy Pelosi is freelance gospel-writing in the public square; due to bad formation or whatever the cause [a charitable assumption we should make with all dissidents], she hasn’t embraced the core of the faith [exactly!]. How could she ever be a truth-telling public Catholic witness, how could she ever let the faith lead her in the public square, if she doesn’t even buy into the source and summit of it all?

One could get discouraged when waking up to such confused “Catholics” on Sunday morning TV. Don’t be. [Amen!] Go to Mass on Sunday; don’t stress about the Catholics misspeaking on “This Week” or “Meet the Press” or wherever it may be next Sunday. Do as the March for Lifers did this year: Pray without ceasing. [Excellent advice]

Ms. Lopez did a great job on this article. Do click the title link above the excerpt I provided and read the whole thing in it's entirety.

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The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!