When asked how this was possible by Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press, when the Catholic Church states very clearly that life begins at conception, Pelosi stated that "I understand. And this is like maybe 50 years or something like that. So again, over the history of the Church, this is an issue of controversy.”
She went on to argue that, according to St. Agustin, the church had not settled on when life began and that the convention of "life begins at conception" is a recent invention.
So far, 9 bishops and 19 congressmen have spoken out against her comments. Archbishop Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Bishop Listecki of the diocese of LaCrosse, WI, are the two most recent clergy to make statements refuting her claims.
Archbishop Nienstedt said in a press release:
"On behalf of the 650,000 Catholics of this Archdiocese, I wish to
reinforce what Cardinal Rigali, Bishop Lori of Bridgeport, Conn. and
Archbishop Chaput of
Denver have said about Speaker Pelosi's misinterpretation on the question of when
"The Church has taught for centuries that life begins at conception and
there is no room for misrepresentation of that teaching. In addition, modern
medical techniques have been able to confirm what the Church has already
"Surely, there may be some Catholic politicians who will take a different
interpretation of this Church doctrine during the coming election campaign, but
remarks underscore once again the need for Catholics, and especially Catholic
politicians, to form their consciences according to the moral truths taught by
the Catholic Church."
Please join me in thanking Archbishop Nienstedt (the new archbishop where I used to live) and all of our brave leaders in the church who stand up to those among us who would gladly lead us astray through their own, home-brew theology.