Conservative leader and Catholic L. Brent Bozell III today blasted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for mimicking the pope's Holy Week foot-washing tradition while touting her immigration reform legislation:
"I am a Catholic and I am offended at Minority Leader Pelosi's continued abuses of the Catholic Church's teachings and traditions. As a Catholic who has watched Ms. Pelosi champion one anti-Catholic cause after another, I believe this to be sacrilegious.
"Christ taught the washing of the feet as an act of utter humility, while she turned a sacred religious tradition into a grandstanding political publicity stunt. Ms. Pelosi's politicizing of Holy Week is sickening and shameful."
Bozell is reacting to a report by SFGate.com that Rep. Pelosi joined the Episcopal bishop of California in washing the feet of two immigrants:
"To 'honor the dignity and work of immigrants,' Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco."
The article goes on to describe how Pelosi was imitating the pope's Holy Week practice, as well as how she used the occasion to promote her immigration reform legislation.
(Editor's Note: Brent Bozell is president of the Media Research Center, of which CNSNews.com is a division.)