Nancy Pelosi in earlier and more carefree days.
Nancy Pelosi was reminded yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI of the Natural Law, the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of Human Life at their Vatican meeting. Pelosi, who inaccurately describes herself as an “ardent Catholic” is really nothing more than a faithless conduit for the opinions of Planned Parenthood and other well-paying pro-abortion groups. Her alleged faith is little more than a façade to give her a thin veneer of faith and values to her continued anti-life and anti-family voting record. She is really only a puppet for the anti-life forces in Washington and San Francisco who cannot think for herself so I can’t really fault her for her continual ignorance.
Obama, on the other hand, surprises me. He should know that had Roe v. Wade happened before his birth, he might not be here. If anyone should be pro-life, it is Barak Obama as this brief but poignant youtube clip illustrates:
This was supposed
to be aired during the Super Bowl
but NBC rejected the spot.
I hope Obama
has seen it anyway.
by Fra Angelico
(Editor's Note: Nancy Pelosi met with the Pope on February, 18 - the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Artists, Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (Brother John of Fiesole). This is especially intriguing as the district Nancy Pelosi represents has long been considered one of the most artistic districts in the United States; San Francisco and its surrounding communities. The majority of the San Franciscan art world would know the "ardent Catholic" Brother John as the great early Italian Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico. On October 3, 1982, when Fra Angelico was beautified by Pope John Paul II, JPII said:
Angelico was reported to say "He who does Christ's work must stay with Christ always". This motto earned him the epithet "Blessed Angelico", because of the perfect integrity of his life and the almost divine beauty of the images he painted, to a superlative extent those of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Michelangelo said of Fra Angelico:
One has to believe that this good monk has visited paradise and been allowed to choose his models there.
Fra Angelico did hold leadership positions within his Dominican order and was at one point offered the position of Archbishop by Pope Eugenius, but Fra Angelico preferred the much more simpler life of a monk so he turned it down.
Fra Angelico died in 1455. His epitaph reads:
When singing my praise, don't liken my talents to those of Apelles.Say, rather, that, in the name of Christ, I gave all I had to the poor.The deeds that count on Earth are not the ones that count in Heaven.I, Giovanni, am the flower of Tuscany.
Fra Angelico mentioning Apelles on his epitaph is most interesting given Nancy Pelosi's recent and repeated scandalous representations of the Catholic Faith. Apelles was a Gnostic who, Tertullian tells us, was a follower of the first well-known heretic of the Church, Marcion. While Marcion had his own ideas of an alternative life and ministry of Jesus Christ that earned him ex-communication, a later and even more well-known heretic, Manichaeus, expanded upon Marcion's themes to develop his dualistic heresy, Manichaeism. To quote Father Hardon, S.J., "In practice Manichaeism denies human responsibility for the evil one does, on the premise that this is not due to one's own free will but to the dominance of Satan's power in one's life.
Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco Art World or the anti-life forces she is the sock puppet of probably do not acknowledge the presence of Satan in this world. Nor they would they admit that the basic argument of a woman's right to choose is not found in Christianity but rather it evolved from both Gnostism and Manchaeism.
Fra Angelico all these centuries later is still able to teach us many things. Perhaps today his most important lesson is one that has been most forgotten by the Arts World : On this earth, it is possible to be both an incredible artist and a incredibly devout Christian. - Mrs. P)