Continuing her controversial stance in opposition to the teachings of the Catholic faith to which she claims adherence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last week declared that opposition to unrestricted access to abortion is "sinful," according to National Review.
Speaking at the University of California San Francisco's Mission Bay Campus at the Roundtable on Women's Reproductive Health, Pelosi suggested that limitations on the procedure constitute "an assault on women of color and women [in] lower income families" and that "extreme MAGA Republicans" who support them are running afoul of what is right.
"It's sinful. It's wrong that they would be able to say to women what they think women should be doing with their lives and their bodies. But it's sinful, the injustice of it all," the speaker stated, as Fox News noted.
Pelosi told those assembled that members of the GOP "disregard" the health needs of women and that limitations on abortion also harm the children who are already part of those women's lives.
"Now, Republicans have made freedom, democracy a kitchen table issue for women, because it is a decision that has cost both in terms of health, in terms of opportunity for other children, and also in terms of dollar amounts." Pelosi added.
The California congresswoman's stance on abortion has long courted criticism from a number of Catholic leaders, including San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who barred Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion earlier this year over her advocacy on the issue, as the Washington Post reported at the time.
Cordileone delivered that news to Pelosi in a letter, explaining that she was not to present herself for Communion at Mass and that priests would be forbidden from offering it to her if she did so.
"A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons are not to be admitted to Holy Communion," Cordileone wrote, a sentiment with which Bishop Robert Vasa of the neighboring Diocese of Santa Rosa expressly concurred.
Undeterred, however, Pelosi has remained consistently defiant regarding abortion, saying last year, "I think I can use my own judgment on that," but in terms of remaining in good standing with the Catholic Church, her disagreement with its leaders' proclamations appears to be a fundamentally intractable one, no matter how much she claims otherwise.