Nancy ‘Freedom!’ Pelosi, a Christmas miracle, and not quite the ‘World’s Best Job’

Eleanor Clift’s interview with Nancy Pelosi in the latest issue of Newsweek has been making the rounds, predictably, because of the Speaker’s comments on abortion. From the Boston Examiner:

“I have some concerns about the church’s position respecting a woman’s right to choose. I have some concerns about the church’s position on gay rights. I am a practicing Catholic, although they’re probably not too happy about that. But it is my faith.” Pelosi is quoted as saying.

No surprise there. But the Examiner piece does a good job of outlining Pelosi’s view of “free will” versus the Church’s view, locating the crux of the disagreement between the two over Church authority. (Spoiler alert: Pelosi thinks it has none.)

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Check out Deal’s takedown of Pelosi’s argument over at the Catholic Advocate.

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This story, meanwhile, is a powerful antitode to that depressing reading: A Colorado woman’s heart stopped beating while in labor, and her son was born limp and lifeless — and then everything miraculously changed. The father recalls:

Minutes later, his son showed signs of life in his arms under the feverish attention of doctors. Then he learned his wife had inexplicably started breathing again.

“My legs went out from underneath me,” Hermanstorfer said. “I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me.”

Both mother and baby are doing fine. Certainly a Christmas miracle they won’t forget.

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So, remember last year, when I was sighing over the prospect of landing the “world’s best job” — being paid to blog from a beach in Australia? Yeah. Turns out the gig almost killed the “lucky” winner:

The man who landed what was dubbed “the best job in the world” as the caretaker on a tropical island off Australia has been stung by . . . the peanut-sized Irukandji jellyfish, whose venomous sting can be lethal. . . .

“I’ve avoided being boxed by a kangaroo, nibbled by a shark and bitten by a spider or a snake – but then in my final few days on Hamilton Island I fell foul of a miniscule little creature known as an Irukandji,” his blog continues.

On second thought, Baltimore is looking like a better and better place to be.



  • Margaret Cabaniss

    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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