“Devout Catholic” Nancy Pelosi Getting Free Ride from Cowardly Clergy

By:  William F. Jasper
07/10/2013
       
“Devout Catholic” Nancy Pelosi Getting Free Ride from Cowardly Clergy

As one of the nation’s most high-profile Catholic Democrats, Pelosi’s staunch support for abortion — calling it “sacred ground” — demands corrective action from her bishop, but none has been forthcoming.

For the past 26 years, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif., shown in photo) has been a leading champion of abortion on the national political scene, all the while openly proclaiming to be a “devout Catholic,” a “practicing and respectful Catholic,” and other similar variations on that theme. A former House Minority Whip and Speaker of the House, who represents California’s 12th Congressional district (comprised of the city and county of San Francisco), Pelosi now serves as the Democratic Leader in the Republican-controlled House.

In recent months, Pope Francis has directed the bishops of Argentina, his home country, to deny Holy Communion to politicians who facilitate abortion. And Raymond Cardinal Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court, has restated the Church’s position that bishops and priests have a sacred “duty” to withhold Holy Communion from a Catholic who is “persisting obstinately in grave moral evil.” Prefect Cardinal Burke stated: 

The local Bishop should teach clearly in the matter and also encourage his priests to make sure that the Church’s discipline is observed, in order to avoid the grave sin of sacrilege on the part of the Catholic politician who approaches to receive Holy Communion when he is persisting obstinately in grave moral evil, and to prevent the scandal which is caused when such individuals receive Holy Communion, because their reception of Holy Communion gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm. 

In June, Rep. Pelosi ratcheted up the abortion rhetoric and heaped more fuel on the growing controversy over the conflict between her position on abortion and that profession of faith, referring to the right to abortion as “sacred ground.” She is clearly in need of reproof and catechetical instruction, apparently suffering from the delusion that abortion has attained the status of a sacrament! Pelosi has two bishops who exercise de jure spiritual authority over her, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., but neither prelate has made any public statement concerning Pelosi’s recent, or past, pro-abortion public forays. Spokesmen for the archbishops were unavailable for comment when The New American contacted them on the matter, and, as of this writing, we have not received a response back from them. Likewise, the media office for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) could provide us with no statement concerning Pelosi’s scandalous words and actions.

Click here to read the entire article and see video of a June 13 press conference and Pelosi's response to a question on the morality of abortion.

Photo of Rep. Nancy Pelosi: AP Images

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