House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's latest public departure from Catholic teaching came last week when she called a ban on abortions "sinful."
What did Pelosi say?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said at a "roundtable debate" on reproductive health on August 26 that limiting access to abortion is a "sinful" attack on women.
Because this is a disproportionately harsh blow to women of color and low-income families, it is immoral. It's wrong, Pelosi said.
It's unfair to tell women how to live and utilize their bodies, she argued. However, the unfairness of it all is bad.
A statement made by Pelosi earlier in the event claimed that the radical Supreme Court had emboldened the extremist MAGA Republicans. People like them, she says, inflict unimaginable anguish on women and their families. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi even said, American women are not as free as their moms and grandparents were.
How did this come to be?
Speaker Pelosi has regularly spoken out against religion beliefs she considers to be wrong. Pelosi's views on abortion, and the basic teachings of the Catholic church, are diametrically opposed to those of the church.
Catholic teaching considers abortion a grave sin.
Every human life must be treasured and defended completely from the time of conception, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The innate right to life of every newborn baby is one of the most fundamental human rights that must be upheld from the moment of that baby's conception.
As another example, Formal participation in an abortion constitutes a grave crime, as stated by canon law.
Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone announced in May that Pelosi is no longer allowed to receive Holy Communion in his diocese because of her persistent promotion of ideas that are incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
With regret, Cordileone wrote, Speaker Pelosi's attitude on abortion has only gotten more extreme over the years, particularly in the last several months.
This is the time for me to make it clear that she will not be allowed to take Holy Communion until she openly recants her support for abortion "rights," and goes to Confession and is absolved for her complicity in this evil through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This comes after many failed attempts to have her understand the magnitude of the evil she is facilitating, the scandal she is generating, and the damage to her own soul.
Pelosi, on the other hand, ignored the directive and kept on receiving communion when abroad, most recently in the Vatican this summer.
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