That's the only way I can think of to rationalize the recent behavior of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. She must be living some kind of mental double life: typical American politician by day, fantasy Catholic by night. (In American politics the extreme left are Moon-Bats and the extreme right are Wing-Nuts.)
How else to explain the massive doublethink and moral gymnastics required to willfully ignore the clear and consistent teaching of the Church and bend it to her own particular brand of "ardent" Catholicism? We don't have brands of Catholicism: you either eat the whole enchilada or you ain't in the club. Social justice: yes; pro-life: yes. No religious vigilantes need apply; plenty of other denominations will be happy to accomodate you, Madame Speaker.
After the public horse whipping Pelosi got after her disingenuous comments on Meet The Press regarding the Catholic Church's constant teaching regarding abortion, the reluctant Archbishop Niederauer, was forced to publicly invite the costumed abortion-crusader to a discussion to correct her erroneous views. This is akin to the Commissioner sending up the Bat-signal because he couldn't get her on the Bat-phone.
Nearly six months after the invitation, Pelosi finally found time in her busy schedule to meet with Archbishop Niederauer on the rooftops -- in this case skulking in the home of a third party. True to her split personality her spokesman clarified that the meeting would have no effect on her abortion stance, but rather, she was Off to See the Pope!
Doubtless hoping to get a free photo-op with the Pope, Pelosi's hopes were dashed when the Vatican refrained from releasing any photographs of the 15 minute meeting. Perhaps learning from recent public relations debacles, the Vatican immediately released a statement after the encounter in which the Pope affirmed the particular duty of Catholic politicians to support and protect life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Pelosi, by contrast, released a statement saying just how thrilled she was to meet the Pope, but ignored the content of the Pope's address instead focusing on her own remarks to the Pontiff. (La-la-la-la, I'm not liiiiiiistening...).
"Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.
His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”
Hang out with Moon-Bats long enough, and you start to have delusions about your own importance. >cough< >kaff< Can't breathe ... must reach ... utility belt. >cough<.
The sad part is, the kids are watching the show -- same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.