Pelosi calls for scorched-earth war against Bishops, Catholics, GOP, Pro-Life

I like Pelosi for this reason: she makes the fight we are in absolutely unambiguous.

In a strategy call with pro-abort bloggers yesterday, she rallied her troops to oppose pro-life bills that have been introduced in the House of Representatives:

Pelosi acknowledged that Dems could not stop Republicans from passing their anti-abortion agenda through the House. But she said it was crucial that pro-choice forces and Dems kick up enough noise to ensure that it dies in the Senate: “We have to make this issue too hot to handle.”

Pelosi added that the irreconcilable philosophical differences between Republicans and Dems on abortion left Dems no choice but to adopt a scorched-earth approach to the war ahead. “We don’t have a set of shared values,” she said. “We have to fight this out in the public domain, so when we move to the Senate it has no popular support.” [source]

The pro-abort bloggers ate it up: “It’s so refreshing to hear a Democratic politician bluntly and unapologetically acknowledge that sometimes there is no common ground or room for compromise… it’s time to just play hard ball. And Pelosi sure knows how to do that.”

But this isn’t the big deal. The big deal is how Pelosi characterized the “philosophy” of her pro-life enemies:

“‘They are at a different philosophical place,’ she said, characterizing their view as: ‘all engagement has to result in a child.’ Pelosi noted that contraception and family planning is ‘not consistent with their belief that it’s all about procreation.’”

Where does this talk about “it’s all about procreation” come from? From Pelosi’s understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the unitive and procreative dimensions of sex. This report of what Pelosi said is more clear:

“[the anti-choice crowd is] in a different philosophical place on…all engagements that result in a child. So that’s why homosexuality, that’s why birth control, all these things that are not consistent with their beliefs that are all about procreation.”

Pelosi struggles to be coherent sometimes, so allow me to explain what she is saying (and make no mistake, this is exactly what she is saying): “I disagree with the Church that sex must be unitive and procreative. I believe birth control, condomized sex and homosexual acts are okay.”

Pelosi is not expressing a practical disagreement with the USCCB (and pro-lifers, and the Catholic bishops, and the GOP) about what bills should pass Congress, she is firmly planting herself against the teachings of the Church and calling for a scorched-earth war against those teachings when they are put into practice.

[On the related excommunication question, my father Canon Lawyer Ed Peters wrote in 2010: “If [Pelosi’s] prolonged public conduct does not qualify as obstinate perseverance in manifest grave sin, then, in all sincerity, I must admit to not knowing what would constitute obstinate perseverance in manifest grave sin.”]

Back to Pelosi – once again, she has helped us all out: she has made it absolutely clear that her efforts as a lawmaker and the efforts of her pro-abortion crowd are intentionally, totally, and unambiguously opposed to the teachings of the Church, and the truth about human sexuality.

So thanks, Pelosi, for making it very clear for everyone what this is all about.

This should motivate us to enthusiastically support HR3: The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, HR358: The Protect Life Act and HR 217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which will defund Planned Parenthood.

Pelosi has made this a matter of faith. Okay, so be it.

Ph/t: Gibbons J. Cooney



  • Michele Ayala

    Pelosi is obstinate AND PUBLIC in her error.

    The scandalous and dissenting views Pelosi promotes is the reason for many weak and poorly catechized Catholics to fall into the same error.

    Excommunication would show in a very PUBLIC and powerful way, Catholics can not continue to go against the Church, to destroy her clear and consistent teaching, and still be considered part of her.

    It would be refreshing to see our Bishops stand up against the tidal wave of American dissenters.

  • Matt Dawson

    Great post Tom!

    Just a clarification – the post about Pelosi obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin pertains to whether she should be denied communion under Canon 915, and not to excommunication. The case for excommunication is not as clear. see

    Just wanted Catholics to be accurate when they are engaged with this argument.



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