by Valerie Schmalz, OSV contributing editor
So the meeting took place after all.
Brendan Daly, press spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the pro-abortion-rights "ardent" Catholic, has confirmed to OSV this afternoon that she met privately with San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer Feb. 8.
“It went well,” Daly said. “They both thought it was productive and agreed they would meet in the future at some point.” Daly said they did not set a date.
Daly said that the meeting did not sway Pelosi's stance on life issues. “She is not changing her position on abortion,” he said.
Daly said Pelosi still goes to Mass and Communion every Sunday at San Francisco's St. Vincent de Paul parish or elsewhere when she is traveling.
Why are we hearing of this meeting only ten days later? “It was a private meeting. They didn’t feel the need to publicize it and we didn’t feel the need to publicize it," Daly said.
It was so private that the archbishop's own press spokesman, Maurice Healy, seemed unaware of it. He told OSV on Friday that no meeting had taken place, despite the archbishop making himself readily available.
In light of today's revelation, OSV has recontacted Healy and is still awaiting his response. Stay tuned. UPDATE: Healy cites communications mixup.