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Pelosi DEFENDS her support for abortion after the archbishop took away her right to receive communion

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out about apparent contradictions regarding her pro-abortion policy and her Roman Catholic faith on Thursday, weeks after she was barred from taking the sacrament of Communion.

Pelosi, 82, was asked about the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic churches in the wake of the leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade. She spoke after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of her hometown of San Francisco barred her from receiving communion last month.

“Whatever the Pope agrees with is not necessarily what public policy should be in the United States, as people make their own judgments, carry out their own responsibilities, and serve the needs of their families.”

‘Let me say this. A woman has the right to choose to live up to her responsibility. It depends on her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her partner and her God. This talk of politicizing all of this, I think, is a uniquely American thing and it’s not right,” she added.

‘Other countries, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, have had legislative initiatives to expand women’s right to choose, very Catholic countries. I am a very Catholic person and I believe in the right of every woman to make her own decisions.’

The dioceses of San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California, Tyler, Texas, and Arlington, Virginia, prohibited Pelosi from receiving Communion.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has been forceful on this issue, writing Pelosi a letter banning her from the sacrament.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out about apparent contradictions regarding her pro-abortion policy and her Roman Catholic faith on Thursday, weeks after she was barred from taking the sacrament of Communion.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out about apparent contradictions regarding her pro-abortion policy and her Roman Catholic faith on Thursday, weeks after she was barred from taking the sacrament of Communion.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has been forceful on this issue, writing Pelosi a letter banning her from the sacrament.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has been forceful on this issue, writing Pelosi a letter banning her from the sacrament.

Pelosi, 82, was asked about the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic churches in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v.  Wade.

Pelosi, 82, was asked about the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and Catholic churches in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Pelosi addressed the ban immediately afterward, but Thursday’s comments were her most personal take yet on the schism that has opened up between her faith and her commitment to abortion access for women.

The Catholic Church considers abortion a sin in all circumstances.

Pelosi previously questioned whether Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco had a double standard in banning her from Communion over her position on abortion while remaining silent on Republicans who support the death penalty.

I wonder about the death penalty, which I oppose. So is the church, but they don’t take action against people who may not share their point of view,” the California Democrat said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday.

Cordileone said the speaker would not appear for Eucharist in her San Francisco archdiocese because her views on abortion have become “more extreme” and “more aggressive.”

Pelosi, who often publicly invokes her Catholic faith, added: “We just have to pray, we have to be respectful.” I come from a largely pro-life Italian-American Catholic family, so I respect people’s opinions on it, but I don’t respect us imposing it on others.

Pelosi went after the archbishop for his anti-LGBTQ stance, saying his position was not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew, an argument she often makes to paint Republicans instead of helping those in need.

“Now, our archbishop has also been vehemently against LGBTQ rights; in fact, he led some of the initiatives on a ballot initiative in California.

“So this decision, which brings us to privacy and precedent, is very dangerous in the lives of many Americans. And again, not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.’

I wonder about the death penalty, which I oppose.  So is the church, but they don't take action against people who may not share their point of view,

I wonder about the death penalty, which I oppose. So is the church, but they don’t take action against people who may not share their point of view,” the California Democrat said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday.

He added that some Republicans claim they are against abortion, but in reality they are also against contraception, family planning and in vitro fertilization.

‘This should never have been politicized. It should never have been politicized… And, you know what, it’s also a cover for a lot of other things the far right wants to achieve.’

Catholic archbishops have broad authority over their diocese, and reversing Cordileone’s decision would require rare Vatican intervention.

On Sunday, Pelosi was seen at a mass in Washington, DC, where she received Holy Communion.

The California Democrat attended the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity in the Georgetown neighborhood, according to Political.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington has not commented publicly on whether the Speaker can receive the Eucharist.

In the past, Gregory has expressed opposition to weighing in on whether Catholic politicians can take the Eucharist because of their political positions.

Last year, amid calls for President Biden to be denied communion over his position on abortion, the Holy Trinity parish council issued a statement saying it ‘will not deny the Eucharist to persons who present themselves to receive it. ‘.

The council said that ‘communion must be seen ‘not as a prize for the perfect, but as a powerful medicine and food for the weak’, adding that ‘the great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to make it a subject political. .’

But Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa told the Pillar Catholic that Pelosi’s ban would follow her to the parish where she attends Mass when staying at her nearby Napa Valley vacation home.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said during an interview Friday that the California Democratic lawmaker’s views on abortion are becoming “more extreme” and said his “conscience” made him act against her within of the church.

He denied that his decision had anything to do with the leaked Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that showed a majority of the justices were in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

He has been asked to renounce the decision by a San Francisco Examiner’s op-ed editorial boardwho accused Cordileone on Saturday of acting “in open defiance” of the current leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

“The leaked decision and the Dobbs case really have nothing to do with the timing,” Cordileone told the Jesuit publication. America Magazineadding that Pelosi “met with me and talked to me over the years a couple of times.”

“But more recently, his advocacy for codifying the Roe decision into federal law is becoming increasingly extreme and more aggressive.”

The archbishop suggested that he tried to reach out to Pelosi on the matter, but to no avail.

I’ve been trying to talk to her about this. In fact, I have been debating this within my own conscience for many years. So this is not something that has come up recently,” she said.

I have done a lot of prayer and fasting. So I have been struggling with this for a long time.

He said in a statement Friday that Pelosi will not be admitted to communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and cannot appear to receive the Eucharist, until she moves away from her support of abortion.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called herself a devout Catholic on numerous occasions.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he struggled with his

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he struggled with his “conscience” for barring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the Communion.

Cordileone previously waded into political waters as part of a push to ban President Joe Biden from Communion, which had run into opposition from Pope Francis.

A March bank investigation poll found that 67 percent of American Catholics think Biden should be allowed to receive the Eucharist, 29 percent say no.

The fallout stems from Pelosi’s push to codify federal protections against abortion. The bill failed in the Senate after the Democratic leader successfully steered it through the House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed that the court’s conservative majority appears ready to return abortion to the states by overturning Roe v. Wade. If it happens, 26 states are prepared to ban or limit abortion immediately.

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