Serves her right!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reminded Pelosi and President Biden, who have both condemned Texas’ new abortion law, that “You cannot be a good Catholic and support expanding a government-approved right to kill innocent human beings.”
Now Pelosi could even be excommunicated from the Catholic Church over her stance on abortion.
According to Yahoo, Cordileone wrote to the Washington Post, “This summer, we provoked an uproar by discussing whether public officials who support abortion should receive the sacrament of the Eucharist. We were accused of inappropriately injecting religion into politics, of butting in where we didn’t belong.”
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“I see matters differently,” Cordileone wrote. “When considering what duties Catholic bishops have with respect to prominent laymen in public life who openly oppose church teachings on abortion, I look to this country’s last great human rights movement — still within my living memory — for inspiration on how we should respond.”
Cordileone then reminded Pelosi and Biden of former New Orleans archbishop Joseph Rummel who fought to end segreation by allowing black students into seminary.
“Rummel did not ‘stay in his lane,’” Cordileone wrote. “Unlike several other bishops throughout this country’s history, he did not prioritize keeping parishioners and the public happy above advancing racial justice. Instead, he began a long, patient campaign of moral suasion to change the opinions of pro-segregation White Catholics.”
Cordlieone then asked Catholic leaders to take action against leaders like Pelosi and Biden for ignoring their faith.
“If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion. To publicly affirm the Catholic faith while at the same time publicly rejecting one of its most fundamental teachings is simply dishonest.”
“If their participation in the evil of abortion is not addressed forthrightly by their pastors, this can lead Catholics (and others) to assume that the moral teaching of the Catholic Church on the inviolate sanctity of human life is not seriously held,” Cordileone stressed. “The constant teaching of the Catholic Church from her very beginning, the repeated exhortations of every Pope in recent times up to and including Pope Francis, the frequent statements by the bishops of the United States, all make it clear what the teaching of the Catholic Church is in regard to abortion.”
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