Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Archbishop Niederauer Stood Up by Mrs. Pelosi

UPDATE: They did meet. See details.

165 days after telling San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer she'd:

“meet at your earliest convenience” to discuss the archbishop’s statement that Pelosi's remarks on “Meet the Press” were “in serious conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church” on abortion, the beginning of human life and the formation of conscience,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to find the time. In fact:

“While she initially accepted the archbishop's invitation to a pastoral meeting, she has not been able to arrange such a meeting on her schedule, despite our putting forward several available dates,” said Maurice Healy, spokesman for the archbishop, in a Feb. 13 e-mail.

Now her spokesman says, "that she did not know when or if Pelosi would meet with the archbishop."

Valerie Schmalz has the full story at OSV Daily Take.

pic - Pelosi with buddy, booster, and USF President, Jesuit Father Stephen Privett from a 2007 commencement at USF where Pelosi was keynote. Here's how Privett responded to an outraged alum in USF Magazine:

I am, by nature, an inclusive person who seeks to extend a conversation rather than cut it off, build bridges rather than walls across differences and engage divergent opinions rather than condemn them. I realize that my pastoral strategy may not be universally endorsed, but it is the product of careful thought, prayerful reflection, and some experience. From my friendship with Ms. Pelosi, I know that she is a serious Catholic, an active member of her parish here in San Francisco, and a regular communicant. Though Speaker Pelosi’s record on abortion and embryonic stem cell research is at odds with official Church teaching, her efforts to end the war in Iraq, as well as her support for HIV-AIDS patients, universal health care, aid to dependent children, increased higher education financial assistance for needy students, just and compassionate immigration laws, tax structures that do not unduly burden persons of low and moderate income, reordering budget priorities to be more responsive to the needs of the poor, higher Congressional ethical standards, environmental preservation, and day care for children of the working poor reflect concerns of Catholic social thought. Fr. Kenneth Weare, a pastor in the San Francisco Archdiocese, made a pointed observation in Catholic San Francisco, noting that Pelosi “is by far much more in line with the greater body of Catholic moral teaching than [President] Bush ever was.”