By Mary DeTurris Poust
If there was a "Worst Theologian of 2009" category in the parade of annual year-end awards clogging up the media these days, there is no doubt it would have to go to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her multiple theological faux pas sans mea culpas.
Elizabeth Lev, in her column "Nancy Pelosi, Catholic Without a Clue," at Politics Daily dissects Pelosi's misguided church-speak, particularly on abortion and when human life begins:
"Pelosi's Catholic-lite construct here suggests that free will means the ability to judge what is right and wrong, with each person's conscience being the final arbiter. Coherency in her concept of Catholic teaching would mean legalizing rape and murder and allowing each person to choose and then take responsibility for his or her own actions. More than the far left liberal that many claim her to be, Pelosi seems to favor anarchy."
"With an F in theology and an incomplete in history, Pelosi's Catholic GPA seems to be at an all-time low. The Catholic Church does recognize the principle of 'invincible ignorance' for those who are doctrinally challenged in understanding how the church works and what faith demands of the believer. To enjoy the benefit of that compassionate principle, however, Pelosi would have to suffer from severe doctrinal deprivation (as distinct from mere opportunism or a malicious desire to harm the church to which she claims to 'ardently' belong)."
Read her full column HERE.