Ah, reporter Jane McGrath at CNS News has asked precisely the question I would have loved to ask Nancy Pelosi myself.
My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the Biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word….
And that Word is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.
Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.
It’s worth seeing again:
So at a July 29 press briefing, McGrath asked the perfect question to Pelosi in follow-up:
You said at a recent Catholic Community Conference that your favorite word was ‘The Word, as in the word made flesh,’ and that we need to quote, ‘give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the Word.’
So, when was the Word made flesh? Was it at the Annunciation, when Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, as the Creed says, or was it at the Nativity when he was born of the Virgin Mary? And when did the Word get the right to life?”
Oh, I can’t tell you how much I loved that question. And Pelosi’s bizarre-take-2 response, which is actually untrue, I might add:
Whenever it was, we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.
I’ve checked with CNS, and the mostly inaudible statement Pelosi made after responding to McGrath – something about Williamsburg – had nothing to do with her response to McGrath. Pelosi was attempting to move on as quickly as possible, and it’s no wonder.
McGrath followed up with a written question:
… We’d like to clarify the speaker’s position on this: Did Jesus have the right to life from the moment of conception?
The Speaker’s office’s emailed response?
The speaker answered the question. Thanks.