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Abp. Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Calif.PatristicNectarFilms / YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and the need to fight for the sanctity of life in response to an attack from Representative Nancy Pelosi. Last year, Abp. Cordileone barred Congresswoman Pelosi from receiving Communion due to her scandalous and persistent public support for abortion. However, she has continued to receive Communion while in Washington, D.C.

Speaking at a Georgetown University event last week, Pelosi reaffirmed her support for abortion and claimed that this was the only issue she was not in agreement in with the bishops and the Catholic Church. She also claimed that bishops such as Abp. Cordileone were “willing to abandon the bulk” of Catholic social teaching by allegedly focusing on abortion at the expense of other issues.

“Let us do everything possible to protect and support all human life, including life in the womb and women who find themselves in crisis pregnancies,” Abp. Cordileone told OSV News. “And, for the sake of the children, let us do everything possible to build a society that maximizes the chances of a child growing up with, and knowing and being loved by, a mother and father in a life-long, low-conflict relationship.”

Pelosi’s statements on abortion are questionable for several reasons. First, the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a “moral evil” and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared ending abortion a “preeminent priority.”

Second, Pelosi’s support for unrestricted abortion through all nine months of pregnancy is not only a serious issue to have a disagreement with the bishops on, it’s also not the only one. Pelosi is also a supporter of same-sex “marriages” and supports the genital and surgical mutilation of individuals, in direct violation of the Catholic Church’s teaching on sex and gender issues. Furthermore, while not a political issue, Pelosi endorsed opening the priesthood open to women, a stance directly at odds with not only infallible Catholic teaching and the bishops but also Pope Francis.

“Imagine the priest: Every day they have the power … of transubstantiation, of turning bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. That is real power. Now we’re talking power,” she said at the Georgetown event, saying that she wish she could have become a priest. “And that’s why I was more attracted to that than being a nun. On the other hand, maybe one day women will be able to do that as well.”