Nancy Pelosi's desperate attempt to put a positive spin on Wednesday's encounter with the Holy Father has just a few holes in it:
1. Contrary to precedent, no photo was released. The meeting was described as "private".
2. Contrary to precedent, the Vatican press statement on the event took no pains to hide the fact that the meeting was nothing other than a rebuke:
"Pelosi's positive spin on the meeting is not being swallowed even by left-leaning Papal watchers. Vatican correspondent John Allen, who writes for the National Catholic Reporter, noted that 'routine Vatican declarations after diplomatic meetings also generally sum up the range of issues discussed rather than concentrating on a particular point. In that sense, the statement can only be read as a rejection of Pelosi's statements last summer, and, in general, of her argument that it's acceptable for Catholics in public life to take a pro-choice position.' "
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