Fr. Mitch Pacwa's response to the Speaker of the House on abortion

15 minute clip from August 26th's Threshold of Hope

Pelosi’s Abortion Statements a Scandal
Says EWTN Program Host


  Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network TV Host Father Mitch Pacwa S.J. took Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to task last night for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion in an Aug. 24 interview with Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press.

In that interview, Pelosi told Brokow that “as an ardent, practicing Catholic” who has studied the issue of when life begins for “a long time,” she could say that the Church fathers, especially St. Augustine, were not sure of when life begins, and that the Church had only made this decision in the past 50 years. She then drew the conclusion that this should not impact on a woman’s right to choose.

Father Pacwa explained that Pelosi was in grave error about the teaching of the Church fathers, summarized what other Church leaders are saying about her public statements, and offered her this piece of advice:

“[A]s an ardent, practicing Catholic, you must conform your conscience to the teaching of the Church that goes back [to] the very beginning of the Church on this moral issue.”

After explaining how grave a sin abortion was to Church fathers and citing early Church leaders and Church documents, Father Pacwa gave this moral counsel to Pelosi: “If you are ignorant and you don’t know [when life begins], then you go on the side of safety and protecting rights. You don’t bomb a city where there might be a lot of civilians. You don’t do that. You say, ‘Well, I’m not sure.’ Well, then be on the side of safety. Protect the lives of the innocent, the non-combatants.

“Same with the unborn children. You must also go on the side of your ignorance to say then, “If I don’t know, then I’ll protect all the more. I don’t want to act while I’m ignorant.”

Father Pacwa called on Pelosi to use her position “to make sure not that there are few and rare abortions, but that there are zero abortions and that you would do everything you can to protect life. This is the duty of us all.”

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Transcript Of Segment

Bishops Responses:
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

Cardinal Justin F. Rigali and Bishop William E. Lori

Cardinal Edward Egan

Archbishop Donald Wuerl

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, S.T.D., and Bishop Oscar Cantú, D.D.

Bishop Samuel Aquila



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"..If you don't know when life begins then it is your duty to protect it..."



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