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Cardinal Egan Blasts Pelosi

Wow! This is a brilliantly scathing response to Nancy Pelosi and her comments on Meet The Press Sunday concerning abortion. Here's the amazing statement in full.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2008

STATEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, EDWARD CARDINAL EGAN CONCERNING REMARKS MADE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan

Archbishop of New York


August 26, 2008
Wow! Wow! Wow! I was thinking about writing down my thoughts on what Cardinal Egan said but then I thought to myself there was absolutely nothing left to say. Cardinal Egan threw down the gauntlet. He said what he meant in clear language. And all I can say is "Wow" and "Thank God."

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28 comments:

Jen Raiche said...

Amen. And, God bless him for his courage.

Adrienne said...

Archbishop Chaput also weighed in on Mrs. Pelosi. There will be a special place in heaven for these bishops who are doing their job!

M. Swaim said...

bla-blam! where's the pseudonymous al sharpton on this one?

al sharpton said...

its a outrage! (H/T Matt Swaim)

nightfly said...

Whew, that shook dust free from the ceiling in here, and I didn't even read it aloud.

Do angels high-five? I bet they just started.

Maggie said...

Rock on, Cardinal Egan!! Now let's pray that these strong words (and those of Archbishop Chaput) have some real impact... resounding with Nancy & Company as well as other pro-choice "Catholics."

Jack7777 said...

that was devastating. i'm sure it will get to her.

Oremus said...

Will she get a partial refund for the "gross" Catholic education she got?

PMG said...

Does anyone know of a contact email for letters of support for the brave Cardinal?

I'd like to send an "atta boy."

LarryD said...

Now there's a leader I'm proud to follow into battle! Onward Catholic soldiers! Archbishop Wuerl, are you listening??

John Hetman said...

It is quite refreshing to find that His Eminence, Cardinal Egan joins the ever-faithful Archbishop Chaput as well as Archbishop Wuerl in lambasting Mrs. Pelosi's rather dimwitted remarks regarding the Church's position on abortion. Let us pray that Mrs. Pelosi, Senator Biden, et al, among Catholic politicians will find their way back to obedience at least in the teachings of the Church whom they claim as their own. Let us pray and hope, but don't bet the south forty on it.

LarryD said...

I'd like to correct my comment - apparently Archbishop Wuerl has made a statement on the Archdiocese of Washington DC website. Mea culpa.

Rusty Shackleford said...

Bravo!!!

Warren said...

Pelosi has given us a good opportunity to lower the boom on all the CINO politicians. Her asinine comments show up these so-called "Catholics" for who and what they really are - fakes, liars, wolves. They have been given every opportunity to reform. By their actions, they are fully complicit with the abortion industry for the destruction of millions of lives. It's way past the point of informing them that they have put themselves outside the Church. If they are denied communion, censured and then respond by reforming their ways - good! great! If they do not make amends - they, themselves, have decided their fate by their choice.

Athos said...

Not asleep at the wheel, he!

Anonymous said...

Wow! No subleties! May God be pleased to send us more such bishops.

-- Mack

Oremus said...

Why was the following of Pelosi's not addressed?
"My Republican colleagues do not support contraception. If you want to reduce the number of abortions, and we all do, we must--it would behoove you to support family planning and, and contraception, you would think. But that is not the case. So we have to take--you know, we have to handle this as respectfully--this is sacred ground."

Why was the contraception part not addressed also along with abortion?

Trubador said...

So... Denver's Chaput, D.C.'s Wuerl, NYC's Egan and Philly's Rigali all come out swinging without any hesitation or equivocation.

Meanwhile, SF's Niederauer and L.A.'s Mahony???

Trubador said...

I should also add Burke to the Chaput list.

mfranks said...

Wuel's statement was weak! in comparison to the other two Bishops. And even weaker was Niederauer’s – pathetic, really. All he did was republish the USCCB’s statement.

A Voice in the Crowd said...

I think we are moving towards an inevitable confrontation of a Pro-Abortion, Catholic politician being refused the Eucharist in public for all to see. It's coming, much sooner than anyone thinks.

Subvet said...

Pig-pile on Pelosi!

Anonymous said...

I'm a non-Catholic,but Cardinal Egan's bold words makes me wanna be one!

Diane said...

Fr. Z reported last night that the newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco released a statement, and it was not exactly fluffy. In that article, they report that Abp Nierdauer is planning to address the matter in his September 5th column. The only reason I can think of for a delay is that he wants to talk to her to see if she will accept correction (am I being too hopeful?). This is technically what should happen is a private meeting first. If she is still obstinate, then it will be interesting to see how he responds. Pray that this bishop does speak wit her, and that it isn't a matter of telling her to not use the "C" word when talking politics.

Mick said...

The only reason I can think of for a delay is that he wants to talk to her to see if she will accept correction (am I being too hopeful?).

Or maybe he's working out the details on the decree of excommunication?

Susan said...

Add Bishop Lori of Bridgeport CT diocese, the Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus (if someone hasn't already - I just skimmed the comments). He wrote the USCCB response.

Tom Zane said...

Rah,Rah,
Talk is cheep! If Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, why doesn't one of you windbag bishops EXCOMMUNICATE her?

Tom Zane said...

Rah,Rah,
Talk is cheep! If Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, why doesn't one of you windbag bishops EXCOMMUNICATE her?

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