Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., traveled to Rome over the weekend the place she met with Pope Francis amid an ongoing debate over abortion in America.
In line with a tweet from Pelosi’s account, the assembly, which occurred Saturday on the Vatican amongst a non-public viewers, was a “non secular, private and official honor.”
Pelosi, a Catholic who has confronted excessive criticism for her views on abortion, has maintained over the previous couple of years that she believes the process is a part of a lady’s proper to decide on.
Final month, Pelosi’s bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, known as for a “huge and visual marketing campaign of prayer and fasting” for the conversion of Pelosi’s coronary heart following the passage of HR 3755, which, based on him, would “impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of being pregnant.”
“A conversion of coronary heart of the vast majority of our congressional representatives is required on this situation, starting with the chief of the Home, Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Cordileone said in an announcement. “I’m due to this fact inviting all Catholics to hitch in an enormous and visual marketing campaign of prayer and fasting for Speaker Pelosi: decide to praying one rosary every week and fasting on Fridays for her conversion of coronary heart.”
Cordileone’s assertion got here amid a raging abortion debate, which gained steam this month when the Supreme Court docket allowed Texas to implement its heartbeat invoice. The return of a conservative majority to the Supreme Court docket has additionally prompted dialogue about Congress codifying Roe v. Wade in case it is overturned.
Pelosi beforehand defended the HR 3755, titled the Girls’s Well being Safety Act, and dissented from Cordileone who described the measure as “youngster sacrifice.”
“The archbishop of town of that space, of San Francisco, and I had a disagreement about who ought to resolve this [family size and timing],” she said. “I imagine that God has given us a free will to honor our tasks.”
The Catholic Catechism teaches that people ought to make use of their free will to reject sin, of which abortion is included.
The section of the Catechism discussing abortion says the process and infanticide “are abominable crimes.”
It reads: “The inalienable rights of the individual have to be acknowledged and revered by civil society and the political authority.” The Catechism additionally warns that “when the state doesn’t place its energy on the service of the rights of every citizen, and particularly of the extra weak, the very foundations of a state based mostly on regulation are undermined.”
Concerning abortion, Pelosi has additionally said that it’s “none of our enterprise how different individuals select the scale and timing of their households.”
Over the summer time, Cordileone insisted Pelosi, and different self-professed Catholics can not “declare to be a religious Catholic and condone the killing of harmless human life, not to mention have the federal government pay for it.”
Pelosi has additionally expressed assist for eliminating the Hyde Modification, a federal coverage in place since 1976 prohibiting most abortions from being funded by Medicaid.
Fox Information’ Sam Dorman contributed to this text.