Pro-abortion Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi left a Catholic church Saturday in the middle of Mass due to safety concerns involving a nearby protest, according to the Catholic News Agency.
Though Pelosi, the U.S. House Speaker, is trying to legalize abortion on demand and force taxpayers to pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions, she claims to be a devout Catholic.
On Saturday, she was invited to give a reading at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rome, Italy, while she was visiting the country, the report states.
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During the Mass, however, Italian security officials “made the decision to pull the Speaker out of the church” because of safety concerns involving a nearby protest, a spokesman for Pelosi told the news outlet.
The protest did not have anything to do with Pelosi and she was not a target, but the protest was occurring near the church and there were concerns about protesters being violent, journalist Joan Lewis told CNA.
What church leaders “learned after Mass was that a large number of the anti-Green Card protesters were moving in the direction of Via Veneto and they appeared to be violent,” Lewis said.
The Rev. Steven Petroff, the priest of St. Patrick’s, announced that Pelosi had left during the service, according to a video posted by Catholic Arena.
“You probably heard or saw the commotion. Unfortunately, I guess, there was a security incident and sadly Speaker Pelosi and her husband had to leave,” Petroff told his congregation. “She was going to do our second reading today, but of course her safety is most important.”
Pelosi and her husband also met with Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican. The Vatican released photos of their meeting, but did not mention what they talked about, according to the Catholic News Agency. Pelosi’s husband, Paul, also attended.
The 81-year-old congresswoman has a radical pro-abortion record, and her own bishop, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, recently began a prayer campaign for her conversion of heart.
Two weeks ago, Pelosi led the U.S. House in passing a radical pro-abortion bill that would nullify state pro-life laws, legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them. American Catholic leaders warned that the bill also could cause pro-life doctors and nurses to lose their jobs and Catholic hospitals their public funding unless they agree to abort unborn babies.
Cordileone said the legislation amounts to “child sacrifice” and chastised Catholic politicians who support it, saying the bill is what “one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”
Later, Pelosi laughed at the archbishop’s statement when asked about it at a press conference, saying they “have a disagreement about who should decide this.”
Catholic bishops in the U.S. are grappling with the problem of pro-abortion politicians like Pelosi and President Joe Biden who often tout their Catholic faith while persistently defying the church’s teachings on the sanctity of life, family and religious freedom.
Many U.S. bishops and priests have expressed concerns that these politicians are “creating scandal” for the Catholic Church by encouraging evil. They have said the church must do something to make it clear that Catholics cannot support the killing of unborn babies in abortions and must repent before participating in Communion.
Among other things, Pelosi wants to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and force nuns who serve the poor and elderly to cover contraception that may cause abortions in their employee health plans. Once, she even called late-term abortions “sacred ground.”