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These prelates know the score:

Now the full weight of the Catholic Church is coming down on Nancy Pelosi. Bravo to Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori who join Archbishop Chaput in setting an example for their fellow Church leaders. Now, how about the Bishop of San Francisco? The story:

It’s about Nutty Nancy telling the clue-free Meet the Press man what’s RC teaching and what isn’t, in the cause of her man the Big O., the deucedly clever chap whose pay level doesn’t cover human rights for little people.  She cited Augustine in support of a three-month rule.  The prelates:

In the Middle Ages, uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology led some theologians to speculate that specifically human life capable of receiving an immortal soul may not exist until a few weeks into pregnancy. While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the Church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.

Oh.  In other words, Peggy Noonan is right:

We know when life begins. Everyone who ever bought a pack of condoms knows when life begins.

To put it another way, with conception something begins. What do you think it is? A car? A 1948 Buick?

The prelates continued:

These mistaken biological theories became obsolete over 150 years ago when scientists discovered that a new human individual comes into being from the union of sperm and egg at fertilization. In keeping with this modern understanding, the Church has long taught that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with respect for the fundamental right to life.

It is about time someone called her and other Catholics on it who trade on their being Catholic for political gain.

Wall St. Journal’s Market Watch has the Rigali et al. text.  Catholic News Service is working on it.  Rush L. beat them all to it:

[T]his is just embarrassing. As I’ve often wondered, is she genuinely this uneducated, uninformed, silly, stupid, whatever — and I’ve concluded there isn’t a word to describe the status of her brain.  The Catholic Church doesn’t know? The Catholic Church hasn’t stipulated?

Well Rush, you can hit many a Catholic church on Sunday and be unsure in the matter.