House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long touted her Catholic faith while also vocally supporting the right of women to seek abortion on demand.
Recent comments from the archbishop of Pelosi’s home diocese, however, suggest that she might have to choose between her faith and her progressive politics.
“We provoked an uproar”
According to the Daily Wire, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the San Francisco diocese published an essay in which he addressed the need “to challenge Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.”
Writing for the Washington Post, Cordileone argued that a person “cannot be a good Catholic and support expanding a government-approved right to kill innocent human beings.”
He referenced an earlier debate among church leaders, writing: “This summer, we provoked an uproar by discussing whether public officials who support abortion should receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.”
The move led to speculation that Catholic Democrats — including President Joe Biden — could be denied the elements of communion.
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) was among those who expressed opposition at the time, tweeting: “Instead of denying God to Catholic human beings who disagree with your political views, you should be inviting everyone to God’s table. God’s love is not a quid pro quo transaction. Remember Agape? It’s no wonder Catholic membership has been rapidly declining.”
“The most pressing human rights challenge of our time”
Cordileone offered a different interpretation, however, insisting that Catholic leaders were not “inappropriately injecting religion into politics” as many critics suggested.
He noted that he found it “especially disturbing that so many of the politicians on the wrong side of the preeminent human rights issue of our time are self-professed Catholics.”
Describing abortion as “the most pressing human rights challenge of our time,” he asked: “Can we pastors speak softly when the blood of 60 million innocent American children cries out for justice?”
Of course, his perspective is much different than that of Pelosi, who called legalized abortion “sacred ground” during a 2013 press conference. She is far from alone in her party, as Biden revealed in a statement condemning a new anti-abortion law enacted in Texas.
“This extreme Texas law blatantly violates the constitutional right established under Roe v. Wade and upheld as precedent for nearly half a century,” the president asserted.