Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pelosi Roundup - No Photo Says Vatican

AP reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not get her photo-op with Pope Benedict today:
Pelosi could not immediately be reached for comment after the 15-minute meeting, which was closed to reporters and photographers. The two met in a small room off a Vatican auditorium after the pope's weekly public audience.

The Vatican said it was not issuing a photo of the meeting — as it usually does when the pope meets world leaders — saying the encounter was private. The statement said the pope "briefly greeted" Pelosi and did not mention any other subject they may have discussed.

The only subject discussed was reported in the Vatican's Daily Bulletin:
Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

There is some controversy about the subject of our last post. According to OSV Daily Take, Pelosi had not made her promised visit to San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer as of Feb. 13. Pewsitter is reporting however that they met on Feb. 8. Gibbons Cooney at A Shepherd's Voice has the background.