Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi Meets with Pope Francis at Vatican
House Speaker meeting met with backlash from Bishops
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Saturday amid backlash from Bishops over her support for abortion which goes against her Catholic faith.
Joe Biden, another self-proclaimed Catholic, is also due to meet with the Pope later this month.
Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday:
“It was a spiritual, personal, and official honor to have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning."
“His Holiness’s leadership is a source of joy and hope for Catholics and for all people, challenging each of us to be good stewards of God’s creation, to act on climate, to embrace the refugee, the immigrant and the poor, and to recognize the dignity and divinity in everyone.”
Last month, the Archbishop of San Francisco responded to Pelosi's "radical" abortion legislation by calling for a "massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting" for the conversion of her heart.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said of the California Democrat in a statement:
"Witness the House of Representatives' passage of HR 3755, which would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy."
"A conversion of heart of the majority of our congressional representatives is needed on this issue, beginning with the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
Biden recently came under fire from Archbishop Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who said he “is not demonstrating Catholic teaching,” after speaking in support of Roe v. Wade and stating that he did not agree with the belief that “life begins at the moment of conception and all.”
“Don’t agree, but I respect that,” Biden said.
Both Biden and Pelosi have been vocal about their support for abortion following the Supreme Court decision that upheld a Texas law restricting abortions in the state.
Not long after the Supreme Court decision, Pelosi pushed for a House vote on a measure to protect abortion rights, known as the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Following the meeting, Pelosi said:
“I expressed the gratitude of those working on climate action in the Congress for the immense moral clarity and urgency that His Holiness continues to bring to the climate crisis, and how we continue to cherish his address to the Joint Session of Congress in 2015."
In September, Pelosi insisted "every woman, everywhere has a constitutional right" in defense of the pro-abortion Women's Health Protection Act.
Pelosi was asked for a reaction to a statement by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who called the abortion bill "child sacrifice."
The House Speaker said the Archbishop and I "have a disagreement."
Archbishop Cordileone said it was "especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it."
He added the bill "is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic."