UPDATED 4:01 PM PT – Saturday, July 24, 2021
Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) archbishop has criticized her for invoking Catholicism while simultaneously advocating for taxpayer-funded abortions. Despite claiming to be a devout Catholic, Pelosi has said taxpayer-funded abortions are a “priority.”
Pelosi’s statement came as she defended House Democrats’ current effort to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal dollars from being used to fund most abortions. In response Thursday, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, rebuked Pelosi, saying “no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it.”
He added that the right to life is fundamental and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights. The archbishop has consistently condemned Pelosi’s position on abortion. “She is misguiding so many Catholics who think that because she is a permanent leader and important person in our country, and Catholic that people think it’s acceptable to favor abortion. And that’s simply not true,” said the archbishop.
“Devout Catholic” Nancy Pelosi just admitted that having taxpayer-funded abortions is a “priority” for Democrats.
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) July 22, 2021
Archbishop Cordileone said that objecting to abortion is not exclusive to church teaching, and that it transcends it as the natural law of man. However, the Democrat views abortion differently than the teachings of her supposed Catholic faith.
“Because it’s an issue of health for many woman in America, especially those in low income situations and in different states. It’s something that has been a priority for us for a long time,” said the House speaker. The archbishop commented on Pelosi’s use of the smokescreen of abortion as an issue of health and fairness to poor women, calling it the epitome of hypocrisy.
He posed the question, “what about the health of the baby being killed? What about giving poor women real choice so they are supported in choosing life?”
The archbishop concluded by saying, “it is people of faith who run pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics. They are the only ones who provide poor women life-giving alternatives.” He added these are the ones worthy to call themselves “devout Catholics.”