The archbishop of California Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has issued a letter rebuking the congresswoman for claiming adherence to the Catholic faith while defending her party’s attempts to exclude the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion, from a proposed spending bill.
“As a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family,” the speaker said during her weekly press conference last week in defense of taxpayer-funded abortion. “But it’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do.”
Pelosi added that this was “an issue of fairness and justice for poor women in our country.”
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who is one of several Catholic leaders who has called for pro-abortion politicians like Pelosi and President Joe Biden to be denied communion in the church in which they claim membership, published an open letter the same day refuting the notion that Pelosi is a “devout” Catholic.
“Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it,” Cordileone wrote.
“The right to life is a fundamental – the most fundamental – human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights,” he continued.
“To use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy: what about the health of the baby being killed? What about giving poor women real choice, so they are supported in choosing life? This would give them fairness and equality to women of means, who can afford to bring a child into the world,” his scathing rebuke stated.
“It is people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics; they are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs. I cannot be prouder of my fellow Catholics who are so prominent in providing this vital service. To them I say: you are the ones worthy to call yourselves ‘devout Catholics’!”
There was certainly no mistaking how Archbishop Cordileone feels about Pelosi’s abortion stance.
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