San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is taking Nancy Pelosi to task for supporting abortion.
Last week, Pelosi claimed she is “pro-life” because she cares about born children during an event Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She also rejected her Archbishop’s call to repent for supporting abortion.
Pelosi professes to be a devout Catholic but advocates for many policies that contradict Christian teachings, including abortion on demand.
Speaking at an event hosted by the university Center on Faith and Justice, the Democrat leader insisted that she both cares about children and supports killing them before they are born, the Independent Journal Review reports.
“I think I’m pro-life because I care about children and the rest,” she said.
The California congresswoman went on to criticize her bishop, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, for denying her communion because of her radical pro-abortion views. In 2021, Cordileone said Pelosi was championing pro-abortion legislation that amounts to “child sacrifice” — what “one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic” – and refused to repent of her sin.
“I have a problem with my archbishop, well the archbishop of the city I represent,” Pelosi said Thursday. “But I figure that’s his problem, not mine.”
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However, in new comments to the Christian publication America Magazine, Cordileone responded to Pelosi and said she doesn’t have a very good understanding of the Catholic Church’s pro-life position.
“We know from science that life begins at conception,” he said, adding that the Catholic Church, unlike Pelosi, supports women and unborn children.
“Let us do everything possible to protect and support all human life, including life in the womb and women who find themselves in crisis pregnancies,” Archbishop Cordileone said.
He added: “And, for the sake of the children, let us do everything possible to build a society that maximizes the chances of a child growing up with, and knowing and being loved by, a mother and father in a life-long, low-conflict relationship.”
Implying that she is more Catholic than many church leaders, Pelosi said some bishops are “willing to abandon the bulk” of church teachings to focus too heavily on protecting unborn babies from abortion, according to America Magazine.
She said she believes women have the “free will” to make decisions about their health care. By health care, she meant killing unborn babies in elective abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
Asked about how her faith squares with her support for [the LGBT agenda], Ms. Pelosi lamented what she called “the very negative, anti-L.G.B.T.Q. stuff coming from our archbishop,” referring to Archbishop Cordileone’s advocacy for the church’s traditional teaching on human sexuality. …
“Right now, our challenge are trans kids,” Ms. Pelosi said Thursday.
“I see kids on the streets of San Francisco, where they are because their families disowned them,” she said. “All God’s children, they have their own dignity and worth, their own individuality, their own authenticity. And that’s a beautiful thing for us to embrace God’s creation.”
Before children are born, however, Pelosi has the opposite view. Among other things, she 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.”
As U.S. House Speaker in 2021, Pelosi led Democrats in passing the most radical pro-abortion bill in U.S. history, nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act. The bill, which failed in the U.S. Senate, would have forced states to legalize killing unborn babies for any reason up to birth and forced taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
In November, voters kicked out a number of the lawmakers who voted for the bill and elected a pro-life Republican majority to the U.S. House.