Pelosi Explains How Free Will Trumps the Church's Pro-Life Teaching
A LifeNews story on a Newsweek interview with Speaker Nancy Pelosi will you leave wondering why Newsweek would publish comments that would only make sense if they were uttered by 7th graders in their religion class. For the most powerful woman in America to sound so foolish is embarrassing not just to her but to the institution she leads, the House of Representatives.
Here are the money quotes from the interview with Eleanor Clift:
‘I have some concerns about the Church’s position respecting a woman’s right to choose,’ Pelosi responds. ‘I am a practicing Catholic, although they’re probably not too happy about that. But it is my faith.
‘I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions,’ she continues. “And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will.’
It’s hard to know where to start. Let’s just say Pelosi’s equating of a moral rule with the denial of free will is the kind of nonsense she should have left behind long, long ago. Need we remind her, moral rules are possible, nay, even necessary, because we have free will.
“Yes, Speaker Pelosi, women, like all men, have the “opportunity to exercise their free will” in response to any Church teaching, including those like “loving your neighbor as yourself.”
“The expectation that we should “follow” those moral principles and imperatives requires us to exercise free will in a certain way. We are no less free because do as God asks. Some would even say our freedom consists in just that.