Visiting US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI during her weeklong visit to Italy, a Vatican official said Monday.Here's hoping the Pope calls out our idiot Speaker of the House (and Catholic) on her contradictions regarding Catholic faith that includes supporting abortion, "independent woman's rights" (i.e. women who choose to have kids without a dad) and gay marriage. Benedict has certainly shown, during his short term, an ability to call it like he sees it. Let's hope he gives Nancy P. a stern lecture or two for being an unabashed hypocrite when it comes to her religion.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, the official told AFP, saying it would likely occur after the pope's weekly general audience.
Pelosi, who describes herself as an "ardent" Catholic while advocating reproductive rights, will be the highest-ranking US official to see the pope since President Barack Obama took office last month.
The new Democratic administration is at odds with the Vatican over abortion, stemcell research and other bioethical issues.
Senior Vatican officials slammed Obama's rapid overturning of a ban on US government funding for family planning groups around the world that carry out or facilitate abortions.