Oh, Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. What are we going to do with you? You are such a constant source of disinformation on Catholicism:
"I've come from an era when (Catholic) women were deprived of receiving absolution if they confessed that they used birth control," Pelosi complained, "It is good to get it out on the table."Oops. I'm not sure where, or how, you got that information. But it's completely wrong. There is no sin God won't forgive. But there are a couple of catches. Looks like it's time to brush up on the sacrament of confession.
Here's a handy PDF. As you were surely taught as a little girl, in order to make a good confession, you must:
1. Examine your conscience.
2. Be sincerely sorry for your sins.
3. Confess your sins to a priest.
4. Resolve to amend your life.
5. After your confession, do the penance the priest assigns.
Hmm. It's clear right off the bat that step #1 is going to be a problem, since you aren't a big fan of that conscience thing. Steps 2 and 4 are also tricky if you don't believe you've done anything wrong. (Not sure why you'd confess it in that case, but it's all such a muddle, isn't it?) You might not care to tell your sins to a priest, either, seeing that he's a man and all, and has no business sitting in judgment on wimmin. I'm beginning to see why you're a little rusty on this.
Madame Leader has more to say here. She starts off with a word salad of girl power:
"I think that really showed their hand," Pelosi said of the opposition to the mandate-with-accomodation that Obama announced. "It wasn't about church and state, it was about an ideological point of view that flies in the face, again, of the respect that we need to have to have for women, the God-given free will that we have to have responsibility for the role that women's health plays in the lives of their families and in our country, and the strength of women," she said.My kids tell me that lightning bolts are so Old Testament. But I can dream, can't I?
Pelosi characterized the religious opponents of the mandate as saying "we don't want anybody -- any insurance for any employer -- giving insurance to any employee for contraception."
She also suggested that Roman Catholics lack the moral authority to oppose the contraception mandate given the use of contraception by Catholic laity. "If an overwhelming number of catholic women of childbearing age . . . are practicing birth control," she argued, "then there has to be some message to the church that -- please don't expect employers and insurance companies to enforce an attitude that you have that isn't even accepted by the laity churchgoing people themselves."
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