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By Tim Waggoner

Cardinal Edward EganNEW YORK, August 26, 2008 ( – Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, has unified his voice with fellow clergymen and Catholic congressmen, condemning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments made on an August 24 episode of NBC’s Meet the Press.

  In short, Pelosi told moderator Tom Brokaw that as an “ardent” and “practicing” Catholic and well-learned individual on the Catholic Church’s teaching on human life, no one knows “when life begins.”  She falsely claimed that the issue of human life has been a topic of “controversy” for the Catholic Church in order to support her advocacy of abortion and contraception.
  Watch the full interview here: (

  Cardinal Egan explained how Pelosi has failed to defend the inherent right to life of all and said that her belief that confusion among Church theologians warrants abortion is erroneous.

“What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age,” stated a “shocked” Cardinal Egan.

  Pointing to the fact that modern technology allows one to view a human baby in the womb, he continued by saying, “In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons.”

  The Cardinal went on to strongly denounce Pelosi’s pro-abortion position: “No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb.”

“Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being ‘chooses’ to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name,” concluded Cardinal Egan.

  Cardinal Egan’s comments join a flurry of condemnation from fellow clergymen and Catholic congressmen  which can be read here:

  See Cardinal Egan’s full statement here: