Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, is taking Rep. Nancy Pelosi to task for her very public support of abortion while proclaiming herself a Catholic, and calling on her to either conform with or renounce Catholicism.
During a press conference on June 13, Pelosi was expressing her disgust with the actions of Dr. Kermit Gosnell at his “house of horrors” abortion clinic when some upstart journalist dared to ask her what the moral difference was between what Gosnell did and Pelosi’s support for late-term abortions.
Pelosi sniffed and huffed and blew off the question, saying, “You obviously have an agenda. You’re not interested in having an answer.”
She then went on to say, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.”
Pelosi isn’t the only ostensibly Catholic politician who publicly supports positions that are 180 degrees from Catholic teachings, but she is one of the most visible and divisive.
Pavone, in an open letter to the former speaker of the house, was blunt. He challenged her dismissive attitude toward the reporter, saying, “Instead of even attempting to answer the question, you resorted to judgmental ad hominem attacks on the reporter who asked it. … Mrs. Pelosi, the problem is that you’re not interested in giving an answer.”
But his harshest words were in response to her comment about abortion being “sacred ground” connected somehow to her Catholic beliefs:
“With this statement, you make a mockery of the Catholic faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves “practicing and respectful Catholics” and who find the killing of children — whether inside or outside the womb — reprehensible.
“… Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches. And I speak for countless Catholics when I say that it’s time for you to stop speaking as if it were.
“Abortion is not sacred ground; it is sacrilegious ground. To imagine God giving the slightest approval to an act that dismembers a child he created is offensive to both faith and reason.”
More church leaders should be like Pavone and call out the hypocrites in Congress, state legislatures and their own churches who think they can pick and choose what biblical and church teachings to accept and still call themselves Catholic.
As the Bible says in Matthew 5:18-19, “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Or as Pavone put it, “Mrs. Pelosi, for decades you have gotten away with betraying and misrepresenting the Catholic faith as well as the responsibilities of public office. We have had enough of it. Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Catholic, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.”