Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that banning abortion is “sinful,” which is just another blatant example of her departing from Catholic doctrine.
Pelosi said what?
On August 26, Pelosi asserted that restricting access to abortion is a “sinful” attack on women while speaking at a “roundtable debate” on reproductive health.
“It is simply immoral that this is such an attack on women of color and women from lower-income households. It’s wrong,” added Pelosi.
She said, “It’s unfair that they may tell women how they should live their lives and how to use their bodies. But the inequity of it all is evil.”
Earlier in the event, Pelosi said that the “radical Supreme Court” had “emboldened the extremist MAGA Republicans.” Such individuals, according to her, “inflict unbearable suffering on women and their families.” Pelosi went so far as to say that “American women are not as liberated as their moms and their grandparents were.”
What is the history?
Pelosi has frequently denounced viewpoints she deems to be incorrect in religious terms. The teachings of the Catholic church in general and Pelosi’s attitude on abortion, in particular, are dramatically at odds with traditional Catholic doctrine.
The Catholic church actually views abortion as a serious sin.
The Catechism of the Catholic church states that every “human life must be valued and defended completely from the moment of conception. A human being must be recognized as possessing the rights of a person from the initial moment of his existence, that which is the inalienable right of each innocent baby to life.”
Additionally, “Formal participation in an abortion is a grave crime,” according to official church teaching.
Salvatore J. Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco, said in May that Pelosi is no longer permitted to take Holy Communion in his diocese because of her longstanding advocacy of viewpoints that are obviously at odds with Catholic doctrine.
Sadly, Cordileone said in a letter, “Speaker Pelosi’s view on abortion has only grown more radical over the years, particularly in the last several months.”
The time has come for me to publicly declare that she will not be admitted to Holy Communion until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion “rights” and confesses and receives absolution for her participation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance. This is after numerous attempts to communicate with her to help her comprehend the serious evil she is orchestrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking.
To the contrary, Pelosi disregarded the order and continued to partake in communion abroad, including at the Vatican earlier this summer.