This week, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Catholics for their pro-life position, and she promoted abortion in the U.S. House of Representatives, despite the fact that she herself is of the Roman Catholic faith.
Pelosi became upset with America's Catholic bishops this week, because they are protesting an Obama administration decision forcing insurance companies to cover birth control, contraception, and drugs that could induce abortions.
She said Catholics have "this conscience thing" that puts women at physical risk. She indicated that Catholics would prefer to have a woman die, rather than have an abortion.
Although Pelosi said, "I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it," one would never know it from her extraordinary support of legislation that is in direct contrast to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Indeed, she is a thorn in the Catholic Church.
Some Catholic theologians believe that Pelosi should not be allowed to receive Holy Communion -- while others feel that she should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church -- because of her persistent support of abortion. Some also believe that Catholic bishops maintain a double standard by "looking the other way" when a person of power or prestige is in violation of Catholic Church doctrine.
At the same time, many Catholics refer to Pelosi as a "Cafeteria Catholic;" that is, she chooses which parts of the Catholic faith she will follow, and which parts she will not follow. Needless to say, this is a very sacrilegious and selfish route for a Catholic worshiper to follow.
In February 2009, Pelosi had a closed-door meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Pope Benedict spent almost the entire time of that 15-minute meeting talking to Pelosi about the right to life and the need to defend the unborn.
The Pope's words obviously had no effect on Pelosi's support of abortions. In fact, this week she was more adamant than ever in defending her anti-Catholic stance on abortions.
The Catholic hierarchy in the United States now has a responsibility to implement its canonical laws in excommunicating Nancy Pelosi from the Roman Catholic Church -- and the sooner it does so, the better.