Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Saturday at the Vatican despite her on-going push to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions and force taxpayers to pay for their deaths.
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.
Afterward, the Democrat congresswoman said it was a “spiritual, personal and official honor” to meet the pope. In a statement, she praised the Catholic leader for his advocacy on issues involving the environment, immigrants, refugees and the poor, Reuters reports.
While in Rome, Pelosi also gave the keynote speech at the G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit, CNA reports.
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Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic, 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 during a press conference, saying they “have a disagreement about who should decide this.”
President Joe Biden, who also professes to be Catholic but has embraced an increasingly radical pro-abortion agenda, also is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in a few weeks, according to Reuters.
Biden claims he personally opposes abortion but does not want to force his beliefs on others; however, he is trying to force taxpayers to pay for abortions in his budget. Last week, he also implemented a new rule restoring about $60 million in taxpayer funding to the largest abortion chain in the U.S., Planned Parenthood.
Catholic bishops in the U.S. are grappling with the problem of pro-abortion politicians like Pelosi and Biden who often tout their Catholic faith while openly defying the church’s teachings on the sanctity of life, family and religious freedom.
Many U.S. bishops and priests have expressed concerns that Biden’s faith claims coupled with his radical abortion advocacy 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.
In June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist that could rebuke pro-abortion politicians like Pelosi and Biden. The bishops made it clear that the issue is about faith and their concern for people’s souls, and they are not targeting any political party or politician.
Some priests and bishops, however, have said they will not refuse Communion to Biden or any other pro-abortion politician, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the priests at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, which Biden attends while in Washington, D.C.
Among other things, Pelosi and Biden want 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, Pelosi even called late-term abortions “sacred ground.”