Joe Biden is a longtime US Senator from Delaware, and is currently the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate. Nancy Pelosi is the current Speaker of the Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives. Both politicians are Catholics, but both have made statements about abortion that have precipitated criticism from the leadership of the Catholic Church. Pelosi and Biden have been blamed for misrepresenting the position of the Catholic Church on abortion.

Despite all of the hullaballoo, the rank and file Catholics have said that abortion is not a critical issue in the upcoming election. 80% of Catholics said they would vote for a candidate who supported abortion. Here are some quotes on the issue:

Does Biden Have a Catholic Problem? Time article Saturday, Sep. 13, 2008

 

In a TIME poll of Catholic voters conducted this summer, a full 80% said that they could vote for a candidate whose position on abortion differed from theirs.

Catholic Citizens: Pelosi on when life begins. September 23, 2008

 

Answered Mrs. Pelosi: “This is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition … St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.”

Reuters Blogs October 1st, 2008: Vatican Supreme Court Prefect Attacks Biden and PelosiThe former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, now prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, on Biden and Pelosi:

 

He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”