The Archbishop of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s local diocese has denounced her as a “hypocrite” for calling herself a “devout Catholic” while declaring her support for the federal funding for abortion.
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – JUNE 29: Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Joseph Cordileone attends the mass and imposition of the Pallium upon the new metropolitan archbishops held by Pope Francis for the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Paul at Vatican Basilica on June 29, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday morning, to mark the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles and Patrons fo the city of Rome. In his remarks following the Gospel reading, the Holy Father focused on a particular task of the Petrine ministry, which is to strengthen, or confirm, all the faithful. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Over the past week, Ms. Pelosi has declared repealing the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing provision that prohibits federal funding of abortions under most circumstances, as “the right thing to do. “
Abortion advocates see the federal repeal as an important step in securing ample federal funding for abortion measures.
At a news conference on July 22, Ms. Pelosi spoke of her faith in defending her desire for the federal government to fund the killing of unborn beings.
“As a devout Catholic and mother of five children in six years, I feel God has given us a beautiful family,” she said. “But it’s not my responsibility to dictate to others that’s what people should do. And it’s a matter of fairness and rationality for the poor women of our country.”
In a statement scathingly critical of Pelosi’s comments, Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone stated that “no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of lives.” innocent people, let alone make the government pay for it.”
“The right to life is a most basic human right, and Catholics do not oppose basic human rights,” continued Mr. Cordileone. “Using abortion screens as a matter of health and equity for impoverished women is hypocritical: What about the health of the murdered child? Why not give those poor women real choices, so they can be supported in making life choices?”
In his statement, Mr. Cordileone also praised Catholics who he said are running facilities such as “life support clinics in crisis.”
“To them, I said: “You are the ones who deserve to consider yourself devout Catholics!” he declared.