The meeting was held Wednesday in a small room in the Vatican after Benedict's weekly public audience. Judie Brown of American Life League tells OneNewsNow the meeting was private, but the Vatican did release a statement, noting the pope challenged Pelosi's stance on abortion issues.
"But I am very grateful that the Holy Father called her up, if you will, on her horrible position in favor of supporting the abortion of preborn babies," Brown notes.
She is also thankful that the Vatican issued the statement, going public with a politician's responsibilities to the Word. The Associated Press reports Benedict urged politicians to value life "at all stages of its development" and to protect the dignity of human life "from conception to natural death."
"Pelosi is an insult to the Roman Catholic Church," Brown contends, "and I'm glad that the Vatican recognizes this."
Brown adds that the pope could have simply shaken Pelosi's hand and had a cordial meeting, but he embraced the opportunity instead to promote life. "He took the opportunity to point out the grave error of her ways -- and I think that does send a message to pro-abortion politicians everywhere all over the world," she concludes. That message? "If they happen to be Catholic, they cannot support killing."
AP notes that several Catholic bishops in the U.S. have questioned the House Speaker's pro-abortion stance and staunch defense of women's "right to choose."