To date, 26 bishops have spoken out against the erroneous comments made by “Catholic” speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi. That’s almost as amazing as the fact that I’ve posted twice in one day!
When asked on August 24th how she would answer the question: “When does life begin?” Pelosi made it clear that not only did she have no idea, but neither does the Catholic Church.
"I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins," she said, and added that, The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."
Oddly enough, most bishops disagree. Maybe it’s because the Catechism says:
"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable." (2270-2271 CCC)
A ha! That’s when life begins. It’s my understanding that the folks at the Catholic League have sent Pelosi a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for Dummies so that these sorts of things won’t happen again.
In the meantime, below is a list provided by American Papist (http://www.americanpapist.com/2008/08/listed-american-bishop...) of each bishop who has corrected Pelosi’s misleading, remarks about Church teaching.
Please join me in saying thanks to these men for standing up for our faith!
1. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver
2. Bishop James Conley, his auxiliary bishop
3. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington DC
4. Cardinal Justin Regali of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities
5. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, chairman of the Committee on Doctrine
6. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York
7. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo <- Close to home, way to stand up for ND, Bishop Aquila!
8. Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh
9. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs
10. Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio
11. Bishop Oscar Cantu, his auxiliary bishop
12. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville
13. Bishop Edward Slatter of Tulsa
14. Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas
15. Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin
16. Bishop James Slattery of Tulsa
17. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston
18. Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando
19. Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul/Minneapolis <- Representing MN. May be interesting to some readers
20. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the US Bishops
21. Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, OR
22. Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse, WI
23. Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland, OH
24. Bishop Ralph Nickless of Sioux City, IA
25. Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco <- Pelosi’s diocesan bishop. They’re meeting face-to-face soon to “discuss” this issue.
26. Bishop Glen Provost of Los Angeles
If you would like to see Bismarck’s own Most Reverend Paul Zipfel added to this list by releasing a personal statement, you may contact him respectfully at http://bismarckdiocese.com/contact/.
Bear in mind that the reason he has not done so already is most likely that since the USCCB has already made a statement; he may not see the need for one personally. That’s why it’s important to contact him and mention how great it would be for him to be #27 on the list.