Pelosi: You Make a Mockery of the Catholic Faith

Fr. Pavone’s Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Dear Mrs. Pelosi,

Last Thursday, June 13, you were asked a question in a press briefing that you declined to answer. The question was, “What is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?”

Given the fact that the Gosnell case has been national news for months now, and that Congress, where you serve as House Democratic Leader, was about to have a vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks fetal age, this was a legitimate question.

Instead of even attempting to answer the question, you resorted to judgmental ad hominem attacks on the reporter who asked it, saying, “You obviously have an agenda. You’re not interested in having an answer.”

Mrs. Pelosi, the problem is that you’re not interested in giving an answer.

Your refusal to answer this question is consistent with your failure to provide an answer to a similar question from me and the members of my Priests for Life staff. Several years ago, we visited your office with the diagrams of dismemberment abortion at 23 weeks, and asked the simple question, “When you say the word ‘abortion,’ is this what you mean?” In response, nothing but silence has emanated from your office.

In what way is this refusal to address an issue of such national importance consistent with the leadership role you are supposed to be exercising? Public servants are supposed to be able to tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Apparently, you can’t. Otherwise, you would have been able to explain the difference between a legal medical procedure that kills a baby inside the womb and an act of murder — for which Dr. Gosnell is now serving life sentences — for killing the same baby outside the womb.

Moreover, you stated at the press briefing on June 13, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.”

With this statement, you make a mockery of the Catholic faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves “practicing and respectful Catholics” and who find the killing of children — whether inside or outside the womb — reprehensible.

You speak here of Catholic faith as if it is supposed to hide us from reality instead of lead us to face reality, as if it is supposed to confuse basic moral truths instead of clarify them, and as if it is supposed to help us escape the hard moral questions of life rather than help us confront them.

Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches. And I speak for countless Catholics when I say that it’s time for you to stop speaking as if it were.

Abortion is not sacred ground; it is sacrilegious ground. To imagine God giving the slightest approval to an act that dismembers a child he created is offensive to both faith and reason.

And to say that a question about the difference between a legal medical procedure and murder should not “have anything to do with politics” reveals a profound failure to understand your own political responsibilities, which start with the duty to secure the God-given right to life of every citizen.

Mrs. Pelosi, 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.


Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

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14 comments to Pelosi: You Make a Mockery of the Catholic Faith

  • rekooh

    Freedom from religion, and the laws religions would impose on those of us who do not choose their mythology, laws that are detrimental to the exercise of the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution, is what I seek. No matter what brand of religion you have chosen, and for whatever reason you studied it and decided it was the doctrine by which you would attempt to live your life, our constitution strictly forbids any attempt to institute any brand of religion into the governing of our country. Making your own choice is a freedom that you may not deny others if you claim it yourself – and no document you have selected for yourself can substantiate or legitimize your attempts to deny others their right to their own choices. To attempt to do so is hypocritical, antithetical, narcissistic, and unconstitutional. I don’t care what you do behind closed doors, but just don’t try to force your religion down my throat!

  • Stella

    Like it or not, with the exception of her stance on abortion, MS Clinton was much more in line with the Social Teaching of the Church than was Mr. Trump. Since these are the most important teachings of the Church, I went with Clinton

    • Mariann

      Abortion is murder, an intrinsic evil–always mortal sin. Hiliary wasn’t more in line with the social teaching of the Church. Jobs are more in line with the social teaching of the Church. Hiliary has been a disciple of Saul Alinsky, who hated the Catholic Church and helped begin her serious interior collapse in America. You may want to do an examination of conscience because he has halted federal funding of abortion and she is the Margaret Sanger award recipient. You need to desire Truth.

      • Stella

        The irony of all this is that abortions are down sharply largely because of the “pill” and the Catholic wants to ban it and are now trying to claim that it is tantamount to an abortion. As for Saul, he’s been dead for almost 50 years an most people under 40 have never heard of him.

        • scragsma

          No, abortions are down because the population is becoming more and more aware of how wrong and damaging abortion is, and thus more and more state and local governments are passing restrictions on abortion. “The Pill” was the reason abortion numbers skyrocketed for so many decades. Numbers began declining when restrictions have been enacted. The evidence is clear, since in areas where such restrictions have NOT been made law, abortions continue to increase.

          • Stella

            I’d like to see some proof of what you are saying, and proof from a pro-life website doesn’t count. And for the record, I found at least article that says the pill is the reason for decline.

    • scragsma

      Not true. Pelosi is FAR from the teachings of the Catholic Church, as is Hillary. Trump is quite close on most issues, MUCH closer than either of those women.

  • Susan

    Mariann is correct. This letter was from June 2013.

  • Patricia Winter

    Thank you for writing this letter to Mrs.Pelosi, , Fr. Pavone.. She has upset me for to long.

  • Oh, Father Pavone! I admire you so much! God must be very, very pleased with you! It saddens me to know how some of our priests use “silence” instead of standing up for the “true beliefs” of our wonderful Roman Catholic Faith! I would like to mention a Facebook Priest friend, Father Richard Heilman who is ALSO a “faithful” servant and also very vocal. May God Bless you BOTH!

  • There is only one possible comment! Where have the Bishops been? This should have been their message to all so-called “pro-choice” Catholics! By not getting this information openly and clearly to all Catholics the USCCB helped Obama get elected twice! The effect was a deeper entrenchment of abortion on demand in America which has cost about 58 million lives, and counting! Our social suicide is nothing less than our second Civil War where Americans are again killing Americans!

  • Mariann

    Although I totally agree with Fr. Pavone, last Thursday wasn’t June 13. I’m guessing this is a few years ago because Pelosi walks side-by-side with Boehner vs. Ryan? Why run this now without correcting the letter from a few years ago or bringing it to our attention? Just wondering.

  • Marilyn Mayes

    Thank you,brave priest.

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