Fox Nation Distorts Pelosi's Comments To Claim She Dismissed Catholic Bishops

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Fox Nation is hyping a CNS News article claiming that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "dismiss[ed] Catholic bishops as "lobbyists." But Pelosi was simply explaining the distinction between her private relationship with clergy as a Catholic and her public relationship with bishops taking positions on public policy.

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But according to the way CNS misinterpreted her comments, Pelosi was dismissing bishops as lobbyists:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) on Thursday described America's Roman Catholic bishops as "lobbyists in Washington, D.C." in their efforts to persuade the Department of Health and Human Service to rescind a proposed regulation under the new health-care law that would force Catholics to act against the teachings of their church by compelling them to purchase health-care plans that cover sterilizations and all-FDA approved contraceptives, including abortifacients.

The full context of her comments makes clear that Pelosi was simply distinguishing between her interactions with bishops privately, as a Catholic, and publicly, as a lawmaker:

"[A]s a mother of five children in six years, as a devout Catholic, I have great respect for our bishops when they are my pastor. As lobbyists in Washington, D.C., we have some areas of disagreement."

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