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The odd couple: Nancy Pelosi and St. Joseph

Um, isn’t that feast she’s talking about in May? I’m just sayin’ …

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posted March 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

This woman is such a phony — a wannabe Catholic only when it’s politically useful to her.
Little wonder that public opinion polls betray historically low levels of approval for our Congress.

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posted March 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yes, she is invoking St. Joseph today, but it is the feast day of “St. Joseph, Husband of Mary” – thus protector of families and patron of the unborn.
And . . . sad about CHA and the small group of (less than) 60 nuns who are in direct opposition to the pro-life teaching of the church and the stance of the USCCB to this Bill.
It goes to the core of our beliefs as a people: do we protect the innocent,helpless or not? What are we made of? Is it ourselves and our finances over the innocent and helpless?

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posted March 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Elizabeth is correct, today is the feast of St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and protector of the family. Since she is at best a non sincere catholic, she confused this feast with the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker which Pope Pius instituted on on May first to eliminate the socialist and communist May day celebration. Both feasts of St. Joseph are diametrically opposed to Pelosi, Reid and Obama and their anti-family anti-freedom pro-communist bill.

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posted March 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Nancy Pelosi is shameless. She does not worry about her health care b/c we are carrying her and her family on our backs. I hope St. Joseph visits her with a vengence and is as merciless as she is. If she was any kind of Catholic, she would not be endorsing this travesty of a corrupted ‘bill’. She would be opposed to in from beginning to end. Shame on her and her peers.

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posted March 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

This is the first time I read this post on belief net. I am appaled that you all are my Catholic brethern. I am in disbelief that a Deacon of my Awesome and Loving Church would coincide with such comments and not say something. What happened to the Church that believed in Social Justice? What happened to the church which her Priests marched with those that are “the Lessor of us” for their rights and for human compassion? EVERY HUMAN DESREVES HEALTH CARE, it is our human right to have affordable and quality health care. I understand and I believe that abortion is wrong and is a sin but we must also think of the millions of Americans that are sick and that have been exploited by our health care system. We must also think of the pregnant women and children in this country that cannot afford healthcare. No where in the bill is it saying that Abortion will be handed out like candy. There are restricitons but just because it is allowed, it does not make it a bad bill. Pope John Paul II wrote an encyclical on the dignity of life and yes he condenmed abortion but he also talked about the dignity of human life as it concerns US. I would go as far as say that having affordable, quality healthcare would play a HUGE role in Humans living with dignity. If there any hypocrites here are the 4 that have posted comments before me, not Nancy Pelosi. Most of you are willing to give an extra dollar every sunday to feed the kids in Africa but are unwilling to embrace a bill, that really costs most of you nothing, to ensure that your Neighbor has health care, is that not a hypocrisy? I can personally say that my household income is over 250k a year and more than likely my family would be hit with additional tax to cover this bill and you know what? I would glady pay it. Because as a Catholic, it is my duty to be part of the greater good to humanity. This is just another way, that I will play my part in living out the teachings of Christ!
May the Lamb of God be your shining light!
In his Love,

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posted March 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Maybe Speaker Pelosi reads EWTN publications? :-)

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steve brantley

posted March 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

My brother in Christ, you should not be so ashamed in fellow believers that have a different opinion than yours. I for one am a believer saved by grace but totally disagree with a government “taking over” healthcare under the guise of helping the disenfrachised. Cuts will have to be made and the very government that you place your trust in will be the first to deny women mammograms and require those of a certain age etc. to not be allowed medications and treatments. England (already immersed in socialized medicine) already decides what a life is worth in dollars. Do you think the almighty government will stand up and protect “the least of these” when they institute single payer system? So what is next? Doesn’t every human being deserve food everyday? Shouldn’t we assure that the government should supply every person with the same meal everyday? Hector, I am sorry but I do not believe that government is the answer. It is through the truth of the gospel that many will be healed. If every Christain tithed as they should we could do so much throughout the US and the world. So quite relying on the same government that has supported the death of 50,000,000 of God’s creation and use some of that 250k to support healing and the protection of God’s babies.

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Dana MacKenzie

posted March 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Oh, Hector, stop being a drama queen. Social justice is not supposed to take over governments. There are many ways to help the poor without bastardizing the religion for political gain, as Pelosi has here, and a health care reform bill does not have to be anti-life, as this one is. Dry your little eyes and stop being so, so “ashamed.”

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Mhari Dubh

posted March 20, 2010 at 12:44 am

1. We all make mistakes. Lucky we all don’t make them in front of people who are so judgmental.
2. Dana. YOU should be ashamed. You could have corrected your neighbor, Hector, without name-calling and belittling him.

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posted March 20, 2010 at 1:00 am

I had to laugh. Tradition in many households is that when selling your home, burying a statue of St Joseph in your back yard helps in the sale. with the way the democrats have been giving away our money to buy votes, it is not surprising that Nancy would bury St Joseph in an attempt to sell this pile of goo as healthcare deform. But she of course will soon have her house purchased by voters who take it away from her the American way, with votes.
I also think back a few years and seem to remember that a couple of the Popes called out for prayers for help from St Joseph to help us defeat communisim.

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posted March 20, 2010 at 1:14 am

My Dear Madeline,
You wrote, “I hope St. Joseph visits her with a vengence and is as merciless as she is.” In doing so, you have committed the sin of wrath, as well as sinning against the virtue of charity. In addition, you have caused scandal by giving non-believers reason to think that all Catholics are ranting, hate-filled fanatics.
You clearly feel strongly about the right to life, but I would remind you that wrath is sometimes explained as “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite.”
I urge you to find a confessor and to seek spiritual counsel to deal with your anger issues.

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posted March 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Get off poor Madeline’s back. She is clearly outraged by Nancy Pelosi’s phony piety — and who can blame her for being outraged? And so she got a little purple with her prose.
Stop being so self-righteous and judgemental with your supercilious and haughty claims about Madeline’s supposed sinfulness. Get yourself a confessor to ask forgiveness for your rank arrogance!

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Dcn. James Pearce

posted March 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

First, yes, of course, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker is May 1st, while the Feast of Joseph, the Husband of Mary is on March 19th. You would think someone as Catholic as Nancy Pelosi would like to have us believe she is would check her facts about the Saints before saying something. But wait, didn’t she say something about St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo earlier…?
The ironic thing is that St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church, workers, carpenters, and many others, including, most pertinently to this discussion, fathers, families, and pregnant women!

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