WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 – On March 27, self-described “staunch Catholic” House minority leader Nancy Pelosi excitedly accepted Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award—named in honor of the eugenicist who founded America’s largest abortion chain.
Only days later at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 1, Pelosi was presented with a gift from Pope Francis, but it did not come from the Pope. This gift, a rosary blessed by the Holy Father of the Roman Catholic Church, was personally handed to President Barack Obama on the president’s first and likely only state visit to the Vatican.
Obama, a self-professed Christian then gave the papal blessing to Pelosi.
This re-gifting of the pontiff’s rosary to Pelosi, who calls pro-lifers “oblivious” or “dumb,” has outraged pro-life leaders, especially those who are Catholic. Some say she plays the role of Catholic shill for the Obama administration. It was just last year that the Vatican criticized Pelosi’s vehement public promotion of abortion.
Judie Brown, president and co-founder of American Life League, the oldest Catholic pro-life group in the nation, said:
“Everything that Obama has done in relation to true believing Catholics, starting with the pope himself, has been an in-your-face action toward Catholics. He is the epitome of arrogance—the ultimate audacity. This isn’t the audacity of hope; this is the audacity of shame.”
Brown, along with faithful Catholics, has every reason to be offended by Obama passing on the Pope’s gift to Pelosi. Pelosi believes that it should be illegal for religious people to reject participation in or withhold financial support for abortion. When asked, as a Catholic, about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops suing the Obama administration over the abortion mandates contained in Obamacare, she inexplicably replied, “I am going to stick with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this.”
Another statement by Pelosi further describes her distorted worldview: “As a mother of five children . . . as a practicing and respectful Catholic, [abortion] is sacred ground to me.”
Even though Roe v. Wade and the ensuing 40-year battle to restore the intrinsic right to life of every human being hinges on this very question, Pelosi says that when life begins “shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.”
In the real world, such bizarre actions would beg the question of mental illness. In the new world order of Obama, it is standard operating procedure.
Pelosi renounces the teachings of her faith, places man’s government above God, and deceives herself saying she is a staunch Catholic. Obama rewards her for this irreconcilable logic with a holy gift from the leader of the very Church she defies.
One might ask if Obama purposely chose April Fools’ Day to recognize Nancy Pelosi.
Paul Rondeau is an independent social commentator. He is president of Synapse Associates, a conservative communication, training, and consulting firm.