Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America, recently made a statement dredging up the usual old nonsense about how some theologians 500 years ago did not know about the development of the unborn child and therefore speculated on the time at which the soul was infused.
This, of course, has nothing to do with the morality of abortion since all the said theologians were resolutely against abortion at any stage.
Thankfully, many US Bishops have stepped into the fray and issued statements correcting Speaker Pelosi. This has caused her some embarrassment in the mainstream media who will at least recognise that perhaps the Bishops know a little more about medieval theologians than she does.
See Diane at Te Deum Laudamus for a roundup of statements from the US Bishops.
The silly argument about St Thomas Aquinas and ensoulment was used in tghe course of the debatge on the HFE bill last May and is still trotted out on occasion. The US Bishiops have done us a good service by their sensible and uncompromising statements on this question.