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NARAL ♥ Nancy!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 06, 2007

NARAL plants a long, lingering smooch on the voting record of tactical-Catholic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi:

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement in commemoration of the historic swearing in of Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House.

"Americans who value freedom and privacy have many reasons to celebrate as Nancy Pelosi takes the Speaker's gavel to make this historic move forward for our country. For her nearly 20 years in office, Speaker Pelosi has been an effective advocate for women's health and has championed her pro-choice values by consistently voting to protect a woman's right to choose. In November, voters across this country endorsed Speaker Pelosi's call for a change and new direction by electing 23 new pro-choice members to the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, we celebrate as Speaker Pelosi takes the reins; under her leadership Americans can expect a new focus on commonsense solutions, not the divisive attacks that marred the previous Congresses."

To be fair, we should also mention that the Pelosi gave evidence of her faith commitment by inviting Fr. Stephen Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco, to deliver the invocation at the opening of the 110th Congress. In a pre-prayer interview, Privett, with unusually felicitous infelicity, explained Pelosi's claim that she is "motivated by the Gospel of Matthew":

"The Gospel of Matthew has a marked preference for the poor, for the marginalized, and for the dispossessed, and I think Nancy has a genuine feel for those people and would like to see government care for them as the Gospel asks us to do."

Connor Peterson was unavailable for comment.


Speaker Pelosi, left, with Fr. Privett (USF photo).

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2007 1:19 PM ET USA

    How does Fr. Privett square Pelosi's free-choice for abortion stance with Catholic doctrine? I thought that there might be a Pope's man still left in a position of authority at USF. Fraternizing with the enemy leads to no good.

  • Posted by: Italiana - Jan. 09, 2007 8:51 PM ET USA

    All those teeth! They look like 2 sharks ecstatically eying their prey just before chomping them to bits.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 09, 2007 6:14 PM ET USA

    Nancy Keenan indicates that Nancy Pelosi's "choice" is clear: kill babies if you feel the need. That's the NARAL "commonsense solution." Under Pelosi's leadership, Keenan says, Americans can expect a new focus on commonsense solutions -- as in 47 million "solutions" since 1973. Fr. Privett: Pelosi has a genuine "feel" for the poor, the marginalized, the dispossessed & would like to see government care for them... Does her "feel" include the 47 million babies killed since 1973?

  • Posted by: Neri - Jan. 08, 2007 1:26 PM ET USA

    Don't forget there are two Privett's in the California Province of the SJ. Both are equally responsible for the distruction of the Jesuits there. Unbelievable.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 07, 2007 11:27 AM ET USA

    "But in them Nature's copy's not eterne." - Lady Macbeth -- Macbeth, III.2

  • Posted by: skilli - Jan. 07, 2007 8:16 AM ET USA

    I would just love to have a reporter on a live feed ask Ms Pelosi which verse from Matthew's gospel is her favorite--- I invision lots of dead air and/or stammering.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 07, 2007 6:04 AM ET USA

    an adjective to describe Privett and other prominent "Catholics" who cooperte with governmental evil: wielgusian

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 11:33 PM ET USA

    Enough fun w/Nancy. Let’s get serious, guys: some form of HR 810 Pelosi will promote NEXT WEEK to facilitate killing God’s Property – His embryos. Ergo, Nancy Pelosi is VULNERABLE to the charge that she does not even respect the ONE Who inspired Matthew’s Gospel. In July ’06, Cdl. Keeler wrote against HR810 in the Congr. Record, in support of Sen. Santorum but avoided mentioning the Respect God’s Rights matter. Watch this week for what doesn’t happen – again. Then DO something before the veto!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 10:33 PM ET USA

    Fr. Privett - useful idiot. It is appalling how politicians think themselves virtuous for spending other peoples money! The redistribution of wealth that these frauds practice is theft pure and simple.

  • Posted by: Gino - Jan. 06, 2007 8:58 PM ET USA

    Does anyone think ABORTED BABIES qualify as marginalized, dispossessed and definitely poor. Father Privett S J just reaffirms why we need strong bishops and the Vatican to silence the outrageous Jesuits. St. Ignatius never thought his "Pope's Army" would come to this disgraceful state. God bless Judy Brown; she is a courageous lady!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 8:04 PM ET USA

    That smile ? It's the botox.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jan. 06, 2007 6:00 PM ET USA

    Privett is one of those most responsible for the moral distruction of the California Province of the Society of Jesus. Someday somebody will write a book.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Jan. 06, 2007 5:57 PM ET USA

    And can someone remove that photo? It's giving me the willies and the heebie-jeebies. Is there an exorcist in the house?

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Jan. 06, 2007 5:26 PM ET USA

    So, Queen Nancy is motivated by the Gospel of Matthew, is she? Wonder if she ever read or meditated on this passage in Matthew 2: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more." Oh, but wait, that verse about the death of the Holy Innocents is probably not in the NARAL-approved translation of Holy Scripture. Wanna bet that if given a Bible without warning, she couldn't even find Matthew?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 06, 2007 4:22 PM ET USA

    Fr. Privett has principles, EXCOP. They're just not those of the Roman Catholic Church. And Diogenes, your "tactical-Catholic" is better than "nominal Catholic", which I have suggested elsewhere. I assume you will not enforce a copyright on it because I hereby inform you that I am adopting it. (I shall, however, always try to remember to attribute it to you.)

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Jan. 06, 2007 4:22 PM ET USA

    I would like to know the Gospel that says Government should take care of anyone!!

  • Posted by: Clorox - Jan. 06, 2007 3:52 PM ET USA

    OK, I give up. Which picture is "before ordination" and which is the "after ordination"?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 3:22 PM ET USA

    Now the good father certainly wouldn't want to offend her highness, whose inauguration is lasting longer than that of the President and who has been elevated to the level of near sainthood by her followers, would he? Nor would we want to detract from one who votes in support of the poor and downtrodden (except of course the unborn) and who stands so strongly in support of values (as in gay marriage, abortion, etc being "values"). Pray for more Priests with principles!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 06, 2007 3:11 PM ET USA

    "Both religion and politics are about bringing hope to despair." As evidenced by Fr Privett's treatment of the St Ignatius Institute. Outstanding.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 3:03 PM ET USA

    Disturbing smile? Nah, it's just affected. Does remind me a lot of Cherie Blair's smile though. maybe that's eerily disturbing....

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 06, 2007 2:48 PM ET USA

    with the silence of so many in the face of this scandal (and her continuing to be welcomed at the Altar for Holy Communion) couldn't this also go under the title of the previous blog entry "Bishops for sale?"

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2007 2:35 PM ET USA

    Fr. Privett also gave S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsome, aka Gay-marriage Gavin, the benediction at his mayoral inaugeration. What a crowd in the city of St. Francis!

  • Posted by: Mangy Donkey - Jan. 06, 2007 2:32 PM ET USA

    Is it just me, or is her smile just eerily disturbing?

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