Recent reports have signaled that leaders of the Catholic Church have been discussing how to handle public figures who both profess to follow the faith and support legalized abortion.
Now, reports indicate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was rebuked by her own archbishop for supporting abortion while claiming to be a “devout Catholic.”
“God blessed my husband and me”
The tenets of Catholocism include staunchly pro-life concepts, though Pelosi and other professing members of the church have increasingly supported abortion rights over the years.
In a recent draft spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee deleted the Hyde Amendment, which prevents — with limited exceptions — taxpayer money from being spent on abortions and has been included in legislation since the 1970s.
Pelosi and President Joe Biden, another pro-abortion Catholic, are among the prominent Democrats who have been working to effectively repeal the amendment.
Asked about her support for repealing the longstanding prohibition, Pelosi defended her position during a press conference on Thursday.
“It’s an issue of health of many women in America, especially those in lower-income situations, and in different states, and it is something that has been a priority for many of us [for] a long time,” she said. “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 smokescreen of abortion”
Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone indirectly rebuked the House speaker in a subsequent statement, never mentioning her by name but making the connection fairly clear.
“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 said.
He went on to describe life as “the most fundamental human right,” insisting that “to use the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women is the epitome of hypocrisy.”
The archbishop concluded that “people of faith” generally operate “pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics” and “are the only ones who provide women life-giving alternatives to having their babies killed in their wombs,” expressing pride on behalf of “fellow Catholics who are so prominent in providing this vital service.”
Pelosi did not immediately respond to Cordileone’s remarks.