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Why Does Nancy Pelosi's Church Turn a Blind Eye to Her Pro-Abortion, Gay Marriage Activism?


Rebecca Downs
CP OP-Ed Contributor - Washington, DC


Former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is certainly a woman in the spotlight. She claims to be a Catholic, although her views in favor of abortion and same-sex marriage have caused some issue.

The Catholic Church takes a clear stance against contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage. It always has and it always will. Pelosi is acting out in direct violation of church teaching with the views she holds and how she speaks about them. Not only does she do that though, but she causes a deep scandal by creating confusion when it comes to church teaching. Further, when those of religious authority try to gently remind her of what church teaching actually says, she lashes out.

Pelosi is a supporter of the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate requiring employers to supply an extensive range of contraception free of charge to their employees, including emergency contraception. She also had arguably one of the most outrageous reactions to last summer's ruling from the United States Supreme Court which ruled the owners of Hobby Lobby did not have to provide contraception they had a religious objection to.

When Pelosi referred to abortion as "sacred ground," her comments were rightly condemned. Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life, wrote a letter to Pelosi, about her "betraying and misrepresenting the Catholic faith…" In response, which came in the form of an interview for ThinkProgress, she called the priest "ridiculous" and said he was behaving "hysterically."


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