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.
The statement from the Vatican doesn't leave a lot of room for ambiguity. If Catholic legislators are enjoined to develop a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development, that wouldn't leave a lot of room for Pelosi's pro-choice record.
A lot of people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, misunderstand the role of the Pope in the Church. He isn't an avenging angel who strikes down heretics. This will disappoint some who would love to see Pelosi publicly rebuked or even excommunicated for her role in keeping the abortion industry rolling in this country. Benedict simply wasn't going to take Pelosi to the woodshed. While he rightly expects Pelosi to change her ways, his primary concern is doing what he can to help all who hold the Catholic faith to gain salvation. And that decidedly includes Nancy Pelosi.
It's not up to Benedict, or to me or any other Catholic, to judge the condition of Nancy Pelosi's soul. Anyone who presumes to know such things is wrong. All Benedict can do is to teach the tenets of our faith and minister to those who need guidance. That is what Benedict did today. Nancy Pelosi's fate is in her own hands.