Nancy Pelosi goes to the Vatican. Nancy meets the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Nancy gets a lesson from the Pontiff. Nancy gets an F. +Catholic Ponderings+ is willing to pay for the asbestos suit Nancy will need in the afterlife if she doesn't improve her grade. Run Nancy, run!
From Fox News:
No journalists were at the 15-minute encounter and the Vatican and the speaker's offices have not released any photos. However, according to their statements it appears the pope and the politician attended two different get-togethers.
"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 enjoins 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 Vatican wrote, having released the statement moments before the two met.
Several hours later, Pelosi's office gave her take on the tete-a-tete.
"It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today," Pelosi said in a statement released hours after the meeting. "In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family's papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren."
Edited to add: I am pleased to know that I am not the only Catholic who has been pressed to laugh about the antics of Ms. Pelosi. See Fr. Dwight Longenecker's most recent blog entry here.
See Rick Santorum's article which expands upon the topic of The Elephant in the Room.