How about that, the pope acting like…The Pope

Posted: February 18, 2009 by datechguy in catholic, opinion/news
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(Update 4: Major update here.)

People seemed to have their knickers in twist over the Nancy Pelosi’s meeting with the pope. It reminds me of Christopher Hitchens over Mother Teresa’s willingness to meet less than fully savory characters. So the result from the meeting produces no surprise to me:

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday told U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights, that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life “at all stages of its development,” the Vatican said.

Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.

The Vatican released remarks by the pope to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church’s teaching “on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.” That is an expression often used by the pope when expressing opposition to abortion.

Benedict said all Catholics—especially legislators, jurists and political leaders—should work to create “a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”

Part of the job description of any Catholic Priest is to welcome but correct sinners. This is what the pope has done and don’t underestimate the effect even a gentle in person correction by the pope can have if there is any spark of Catholic left in the system.

Of course the pope is going to meet with anyone willing to meet with him, particularly a catholic politician, Christ came to call sinners, can we expect Peter’s successor to do less? He knows the abortion issue will always be there and knows this will not change it, scripture says:

The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them, but you will not always have me. Mk 14:7

He also knows that many who would not normally pay attention to his words on this will read it when spoken to her. Will it have an effect who knows but that is his job to sound the warning not only to stop an evil but to save souls. Don’t be so quick to condemn her presence or his actions. We need to remember the harlot

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more. John 3:11

I bolded the last bit because our friends on the left seem to forget that part of the passage.

The pope is trying to save her particularly. That’s what it’s all about. I doubt it will make a big difference but don’t sell the holy spirit short. Particularly if we add our prayers to help her. That should be our primary goal. Remember it isn’t the souls of the aborted that are at risk, it is the souls of those who are involved in the action itself and its support. They should be our primary concern and the focus of our prayers. If we forget that and allow hatred and spiritual pride to move us then our souls may join them in the end to the amusement of others. Remember Screwtape 7:

Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours — and the more “religious” (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here

That could be you or me. We need to remember that.

Update: Hotair gets it:

Update 2: Michelle crows and george deserves his own post.

Update 3: Damian is loving it and the Anchoress has a round up.

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