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Nov. 22, 2002
Pelosi Claims to be a “conservative Catholic.” 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who last week was elected leader of the Democrats in the House, is a liberal who has represented California’s 8th (San Francisco) district since 1987. Reporting on her ascendancy in USA Today (11/15/02), William M. Welch noted the concern expressed by many in Washington that Mrs. Pelosi is too liberal and will pull the Democrats too far to the left.

Her response, “Yes, I’m a liberal Democrat, but I’m a conservative Catholic,” is an oxymoron, considering her voting record and list of supporters over the past 15 years.

Rep. Pelosi’s claim to be a “conservative Catholic” connotes faithfulness to the teaching authority of the Magesterium of the Roman Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II. Yet, Nancy Pelosi has voted against every legislative attempt by Congress to curtail abortion. Her actions belie her claim. She even voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions! She voted AGAINST banning the cloning of human beings! There is nothing “conservative” or “Catholic” about her views or her voting record. In fact, her pro-abortion advocacy makes her complicit in every abortion committed in this country. Because of this, she has excommunicated herself from the Catholic Church.

Canon 1398 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law says, “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs an automatic excommunication.” The excommunication, Pope John Paul II said in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (n.62), “affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached and thus includes those accomplices without whose help the crime would not have been committed.

In his 1990 pastoral letter The Obligations of Catholics and the Rights of Unborn Children, Bishop John Myers of Peoria, IL, clearly stated the Church’s position:

“One who supports legal abortion cannot avoid formal complicity by maintaining that he or she wills not abortion as such, but only the freedom of others to choose abortion. Anyone who supports legal abortion seeks to remove from one class of human beings a basic protection afforded to others. By helping to make abortion available, a person becomes formally complicit in its basic injustice whether or not he or she would actively encourage anyone else to have an abortion. From the ethical point of view, there is no distinction between being ‘pro-choice’ and being ‘pro-abortion’ . . . All formal cooperation in abortion is gravely immoral.”

In 1998, the American Catholic Bishops issued “Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics” in which they urged “those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well-being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin.” (n.32)

Nancy Pelosi is solidly pro-abortion, and is consistently supported and endorsed by the National Organization for Women, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), and Emily’s List which raises tens of millions of dollars to back pro-abortion Democrats.

In addition, Pelosi has voted against public display of the Ten Commandments and against a ban on the burning of the American Flag. She has long championed the agenda of the activist homosexual left, and regularly appears and speaks at high-profile homosexual events. On July 13, 2000, she joined ten other House Democrats in signing a letter to President Clinton urging him to resign as honorary head of the Boy Scouts of America lest his office be seen “as giving implicit approval to this self-proclaimed intolerant policy [of excluding homosexuals].” (Human Events, 11/18/02) She has a perfect 100% rating by Americans for Democratic Action and the ACLU.

Republican Members of Congress who have “bipartisan” leanings should reflect on Congresswoman Pelosi’s record and understand that, in the new leader of Congressional Democrats they are facing a smooth, attractive, intelligent and articulate adversary who is a consummate left-wing ideologue, and a member of the executive committee of the Progressive Caucus, an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Socialist International. (The Washington Times, 11/12/02) She is tough as nails and willing, on any given day, to publicly defy the teachings of the Church in which she was baptized in exchange for political power.

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