Nancy Pelosi’s Bishop slammed her for a series of recent comments against pro-life Christians and advocating for abortion, but stopped short of excommunicating her or promising to withhold communion, a move which betrays how fundamentally unserious the Roman Catholic Church is about policing their own.
Pelosi was a guest on Hillary Clinton’s “You and Me Both” podcast and the discussion naturally turned to Trump and the storming of Capitol Hill. Pelosi pointed out that even though 70 percent of people held Trump responsible for it, tens of millions of people still don’t support removing him from office.
Why? One issue: abortion. And that is enough. When you take the greed of those who want their tax cut — that’s probably a small number, but nonetheless a number — and then you take the abortion issue. And many of these people are very good people; that’s just their point of view. But they were willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.
Pelosi continued that Christian voters continuing to make abortion an issue is an element that she has been “talking about for a long time that gives me grief as a Catholic.”
I think that Donald Trump is president because of the issue of a woman’s right to choose. When he signed that paper saying, ‘These are the judges that I will appoint,’ that was the dog whistle to the evangelicals, to the Catholics and all the rest. A woman will not have the right to choose [abortion]…
People need to see a place for themselves in the future. Many of these people don’t see that place. [President Joe Biden] should show them that there is a place for them — that it’s not a zero-sum game. Women and minorities and LGBTQ people can thrive, not at their expense. When we’re addressing the climate crisis, it isn’t at the expense of their job.
In response to these comments, the Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco said in a statement:
And on the question of the equal dignity of human life in the womb, she also speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years. “Christians have always understood that the commandment, ‘Thou shall not kill,’ applies to all life, including life in the womb.
Despite her comments and lifelong commitment to baby butchery, Pelosi by and large has not received any pushback from the Roman Catholic Church for which she claims membership, even when she signed a letter a few years ago requesting a Bishop not attend March for Life events.
If they had any guts they would have excommunicated her and publicly shamed her and every pro-choice catholic politician decades ago, refusing them communion and kicking them out of Church. But with the Pope himself recently given Biden communion, these sort of statements are just that – words on the page and mean nothing unless it is accompanied by action. [Editor’s note: Or in the word of Shakespeare, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”]
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