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Catholic Priests Blast Pelosi Over Pro-Choice Views

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Priests for Life, a national organization of Catholic priests, blasted House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, today for her pro-choice views.

The group wrote an open letter to Pelosi in which they accused her of making a “mockery of the Catholic faith.”

"Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches," the letter said. "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.”

The Catholic Church staunchly opposes abortion. Pelosi and other Catholic Democrats have faced criticism from the church for years regarding their pro-choice views.

As noted by the Daily Caller, the letter is likely in response to Pelosi’s latest run in with a conservative reporter about abortion. Last week, the Weekly Standard asked Pelosi what the difference was between a late-term abortion and murdering a newborn infant after birth.

Pelosi refused to answer the question and accused the reporter of having an agenda. Then, Pelosi invoked her Catholicism.

"As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this," she said. "This shouldn't have anything to do with politics."

Pelosi now joins the company of Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as Catholic politicians who have been criticized by the church about their views this year.

Pelosi declined to comment on the letter, which began circulating yesterday.

A recent poll shows that the general Catholic population is not as opposed to abortion as their church leaders. Fifty-six percent of U.S. Catholics believe the church should continue to oppose abortion, but 74 percent believe the practice should be allowed in certain circumstances. 

Sources: Daily Caller, NY Times