.- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is in complete agreement with the message that Pope Benedict XVI delivered to Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The archbishop also went so far as to say that since she disagrees with the Church on the "black and white issue" of abortion, she should not present herself for Communion.
The comments by Archbishop Chaput were made following Nancy Pelosiâs meeting with Pope Benedict, at which the Pope reminded the Speaker of the House that all legislators, but especially Catholics, are bound to protect human life from conception to natural death.
FOX Newsâ Neil Cavuto invited Archbishop Chaput to give his reaction to the Pope-Pelosi meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Cavuto began by pointing out the disparity between Pelosiâs statement about the meeting and the Popeâs.
"I got very different reads from both the Popeâs message of that meeting and the speakerâs, but the gist of the Popeâs is that, she has a duty to respect life, what did you make of that?" said Cavuto.
"Well itâs true," replied the archbishop. "Every Catholic, whether youâre famous or anonymous, whether youâre a public official or a private citizen, has a responsibility to be faithful to what the Church believes about human life, and we believe that human life is sacred and precious from the moment of conception. So that applies to the Speaker as well as it does to me and to you and to anyone whoâs Catholic."
Referring to a previous interview regarding Pelosiâs comment that when life begins is not agreed upon by Catholic teaching, Cavuto asked, "isnât it a fairly black and white issue?"
Chaput responded, "Well itâs not a fairly black and white issue, itâs a clearly black and white issue.
"The Church without a doubt believes that human life begins at the moment of conception," he said.
Cavuto also asked Archbishop Chaput if he would deny Holy Communion to Pelosi.
To which, the archbishop responded:
"Well, Iâd like to talk to her if sheâs coming to church in the Archdiocese of Denver and Iâd say to her what Iâd say to anyone, if you donât accept what the Church teaches, you shouldnât present yourself for Communion, because Communion means youâre in agreement with what the Church teaches, and, as I said to you earlier, that applies to all of us..."
Isnât she boxed in by Catholic beliefs on the one hand and by a society that is pro-choice? Cavuto queried.
"Well I donât think itâs a box to defend the truth and to stand up for what you know to be right, even if others in the community disagree with you, and being honest about our moral principles is a sign of maturity, is a sign of being a statesman.
"And I think that politicians are required to be both good Americans and good Catholics at the same time and to be convincing when they present the position of the community on basic human rights," the archbishop replied.
Referring to the issue of abortion, Archbishop Chaput said, "This is a human rights issue, from the point of view of the Church, and not a theological or religious perspective. Our religious perspective supports that, but thatâs not the source of our belief about the sacredness of human life."