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“They Have This Conscience Thing”

By on 11.22.11 | 10:20AM

From LifeNews

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at it again, bashing Catholics for their pro-life position when she has promoted abortion in defiance of Catholic Church teaching at every turn.

This time, Pelosi is upset that the nation's Catholic bishops are protesting a potential Obama administration decision forcing insurance companies to cover birth control, contraception and drugs that could cause abortions. They say certain religious groups may not be exempt from providing the insurance, which would violate their moral and religious views.

Pelosi says the position is akin to having hospitals "say to a woman, ‘I'm sorry you could die' if you don't get an abortion," she told the Washington Post.

"Those who dispute that characterization "may not like the language,'' she said, "but the truth is what I said. I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing" that the Post said Pelosi "insists put women at physical risk, although Catholic providers strongly disagree." [Emphasis added.]

Catholics, like adherents of other faiths, populate both sides of the aisle. And both sides have members who, in good faith, violate the Church's strictures in one way or another. What's unusual about Pelosi is that she is not only, unquestionably, on the wrong side of the Church's teachings about abortion, but she has outright contempt for her supposed co-religionists who have it right. By "this conscience thing," Pelosi means "a desire not to be forced to violate their core beliefs as Catholics." 

Here's the question: why does she bother to keep up the pretense that she is a "devout Catholic"? 

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