Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cafeteria Food

Nancy Pelosi, no doubt trying to add a bit of solemnity to the upcoming "historic" health care vote, began Friday by announcing that she had "prayed to St. Joseph to benefit the workers of America." Not being a Catholic theologian, her spiel was a bit over my head, yet was still grating. Why do political women like Pelosi and Hillary always want to launch into their school marm routine? The Anchoress goes a step farther and declares that virtually everything Pelosi said was wrong. Pelosi Doesn;t Know From St. Joseph

First off, Nancy, this is not the feastday of “St. Joseph the Worker.” That feast day is May 1, and it is a simple (and optional) memorial. TODAY is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, in his role as the Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Provider and Guardian for the Child Jesus. A solemnity is not an optional feastday, and Pelosi, who was educated by religious sisters and went to a Catholic college, should know that.

Her ignorance is almost sublime.
“Italian Americans” certainly do honor St. Joseph, but they do not “pray” to him. They ask him to pray for them, before the Throne of his most holy and almighty step-son, the Christ.

It is highly doubtful that St. Joseph, who was faced with an unimaginable event, one fraught with challenges, things unknown, social questions, difficulties and sacrifice, would be a happy endorser of a “life-affirming health care” bill that includes the federal-funding of abortions, sterilizations, contraception – undoubtedly, down the road- euthanasia.

There's much, much more. Is any of this a surprise? Of course not. For people like Pelosi, religion is a matter of sentiment and superstition. They like the bright lights and billowing smoke, but would never dream of actually following church teaching in their personal or political lives.

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