Nancy Pelosi lashed out at her archbishop Tuesday for denying her communion because of her pro-abortion actions, saying the Catholic leader should not “foist” his views onto others.
Pelosi professes to be a devout Catholic and frequently brings up her faith while pushing her political agenda, but she supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to birth and wants to force taxpayers to pay for their deaths.
Last week, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone notified Pelosi that she may not receive communion unless she repents of her radical pro-abortion actions. On Sunday, she defied his decision and received communion at a Catholic church in Washington.
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” the archbishop said Friday.
Pelosi has sparred with Cordileone, the archbishop of her home diocese, numerous times over abortion. On Tuesday, she responded to his decision in an interview on MSNBC “Morning Joe.”
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“We just have to be prayerful, we have to be respectful. I come from a largely pro-life Italian American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views about that, but I don’t respect us foisting it onto others,” Pelosi said.
She slammed the archbishop for acting on his beliefs about the sanctity of life and marriage, saying: “Our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact he led the way in an initiative on the ballot in California,” the AP reports.
She also accused Cordileone and other church leaders of hypocrisy because they don’t often speak out against politicians who support the death penalty.
“I wonder about the death penalty, which I’m opposed to. So is the church, but they take no actions against people who may not share their view,” Pelosi said.
Catholic leaders do speak out against the death penalty, but abortion is a predominate issue because it kills many, many more people. Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions, and Pelosi and other Democrat leaders are working aggressively to expand abortions.
Speaking Tuesday, Pelosi said she believes God gave people a “free will” to “honor” their responsibilities and make their own decisions about “the size and timing of their families.” She also asserted that she knows the Catholic faith better than her archbishop, saying his actions are “not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.”
Last week, Cordileone stressed that his decision about Pelosi is “pastoral, not political” and he did not find any pleasure in it. The archbishop said he has been praying for the congresswoman and urging others to join him in the hopes that she will repent and recognize the value of all human life.
Pelosi, a Democrat leader, often mentions her Catholic faith while supporting radical pro-abortion policies that most Americans oppose.
Under her leadership, the U.S. House passed a radical pro-abortion bill last fall that would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth nation-wide even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Even a few “pro-choice” politicians voted against the bill, saying it also would force Catholic hospitals and pro-life medical workers to participate in the killing of unborn babies and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
At the time, Cordileone said the legislation amounts to “child sacrifice” and chastised Catholic politicians who support it. He said the bill is what “one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”
A few days later, Pelosi laughed at the archbishop’s statement at a press conference, saying she and Cordileone “have a disagreement about who should decide this.”
Cordileone said Pelosi’s continuous refusal to repent, her increasingly extreme pro-abortion actions and her public contempt for even Pope Francis’s pro-life teachings prompted him to act.
He thanked everyone who has joined him in praying for Pelosi through the Rose and Rosary for Nancy Campaign and asked people to continue praying for her change of heart. He also encouraged people support pro-life advocates who help pregnant mothers in crisis through the archdiocese Stand With Moms programs.
Many U.S. bishops and priests have expressed concerns that pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Pelosi and President Joe Biden 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.”