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“Here you have a very prominent American Catholic, going on the record with her purported studiousness on this issue, authoritatively declaring something false about the teaching of the Catholic Church. This is what we call a teachable moment,” she said.

“Over and over we are told - by bishops themselves - that their primary role in contentious situations like this is to teach. So … teach,” Mrs. Welborn writes, putting the last word all in capital letters.

She got her wish Monday with both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver rebutting Mrs. Pelosi by name.

“Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil” despite earlier eras’ inferior knowledge of science and embryology, Archbishop Chaput curtly noted.

Through the USCCB, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali and Bishop William E. Lori noted that “these mistaken biological theories became obsolete over 150 years ago” and ever since, responding to science, “the Church has long taught that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person.”

Campaign fun

One of the most widely cited downsides to putting Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. on the Democratic ticket is the Delaware senator’s reputation as a man with a fast wit and the mouth to match. (Who can’t treasure his dis of Rudolph W. Giuliani: “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence - a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There’s nothing else!”)

Yet liberal blogger Digby thinks this spark of spontaneity may be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Obama campaign, which he says is too cautious.

“One final word on Biden Day. … He is undisciplined and unpredictable - but I have to tell you, I think the Obama campaign could use a little bit of that at this point. They are control freaks and I don’t think it’s such a bad thing for them to have a little bit of a loose cannon in their midst. Maybe it will shake things up. It’s a good sign that they picked someone who wasn’t completely ‘safe.’”

For green-ness sake

We picked up reports in one of the first editions of this column that the Democratic National Convention Committee had imposed strict “lean ‘n’ green” rules on caterers, including that foods be of several specified colors and that it cannot be fried.

Nicole Russell, writing at the American Spectator says the Democrats’ green obsession goes further than that, adding that “since the early planning stages, the DNCC has been more [interested in] appearing green than getting things done.”

As one example of Democratic energy excess and hypocrisy, she cited the number of bloggers traveling to Denver.

“While DNCC encouraged bloggers from all over the country to attain credentials and travel to Denver to blog the convention (thus emitting CO2), their Republican counterparts encouraged bloggers to obtain credentials but also acquired the services of Ustream.TV - enabling bloggers to view the proceedings via live streaming from their own living rooms. But the Republicans aren’t broadcasting their greenness.”

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