Friday, August 29, 2008

Still More Bishops Teach!

From LifeSiteNews:

Bishop Jerome E. Listecki of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and Archbishop John Nienstedt of Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis have added their voices to the growing numbers of her Catholic leaders telling Nancy Pelosi she will never qualify as a Catholic theologian. Bishop Listecki said her support for abortion and misrepresentation of Catholic teaching "gives scandal and misleads the faithful."

Bishop Listecki said that Pelosi's assertion that there is ambiguity about when human life begins is "utterly and completely false."

Pelosi, he said, "misrepresented both the writings of St. Augustine and the settled doctrine of the Catholic Church in an attempt to justify uncertainty about when human life begins and thus to defend a right to abortion."

The bishop reminds Pelosi that the issue of the beginning of life is "is science, not theology". He cited "advances in ultrasound and other imaging technology", that clearly show the unborn are human beings.

"It is ironic," he said, "that, in an age that prides itself on scientific knowledge, there are those whose agenda drives them to invoke misinformed theology to cast doubt on some of the most basic biological truths."

Archbishop Nienstedt said in a media release, "On behalf of the 650,000 Catholics of this Archdiocese, I wish to reinforce what Cardinal Rigali, Bishop Lori of Bridgeport, Conn. and Archbishop Chaput of Denver have said about Speaker Pelosi's misinterpretation on the question of when life begins."

"The Church has taught for centuries that life begins at conception and there is no room for misrepresentation of that teaching. In addition, modern medical techniques have been able to confirm what the Church has already known."

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