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A week after Pope Francis again called abortion “murder,” akin to “hiring a hitman,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a bill that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called it “the most radical abortion bill of all time.” ”

The Bishop of Pelosi in San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, described the bill as “nothing less than a sacrifice of children.”

The proposed legislation has received a typical Orwellian name: the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.

The name itself was condemned by the bishops. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the pro-life committee of American bishops, denounced the “extreme bill with a misleading name [that] would mandate abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal law. The bill seeks to create a national “statutory right” to abortion, attempting to nationalize all abortion laws. It aims to bypass countless state rules and limitations, such as laws requiring waiting periods, laws requiring ultrasounds before a woman can have an abortion, and limits on late abortions.

As Archbishop Cordileone notes, this is a particularly “odious” bill.

Nonetheless, Pelosi threw the full weight of her party behind her. Introduced by Pelosi’s California colleague, Rep. Judy Chu, it passed the House last Friday in a strict party line vote, 218-211.

All Democrats except one voted in favor. No Republican voted for.

It was a huge victory for lifelong Catholic Nancy Pelosi. She called it “a very exciting day for some of us in Congress.”

Pelosi celebrated, while his bishop certainly didn’t.

“Any reasonable person with a basic sense of morality and a hint of decency can only shudder in horror at such a heinous evil codified in law,” Archbishop Cordileone said. He said he was “particularly shameful that a self-proclaimed Catholic is involved in such evil, let alone defending it.”

But Pelosi did, and then some.

Asked about her plea for such evil by EWTN news every night correspondent Erik Rosales, Pelosi, as she often does in these moments, did not hesitate to invoke a theological explanation:

“The archbishop of that area city of San Francisco and I were at odds over who should decide this,” Pelosi said of the “family size and timing” decision. She added, “I believe God has given us the agency to honor our responsibilities.

Of course, God has given us free will, but explicitly not to be used that way.

“I have set before you life and death,” says Deuteronomy 30:19, “the blessing and the curse: [T]therefore choose life.

This is affirmed throughout the Old and New Testaments. God commands us: “You shall not kill.

What Pelosi asserted is, of course, quite contrary to how a Christian and a Catholic understand free will.

Catechism says of free will: “Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and thus to perform deliberate actions under one’s own responsibility. Through free will, we shape our own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it reaches its perfection when it is directed towards God, our beatitude. … There is no real freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to “the slavery of sin” ”(1731-33).

Pelosi’s party, which includes many pro-abortion Catholics, right down to the President of the United States, has become increasingly indebted to the slavery of sin that is abortion. Pelosi and President Joe Biden, clearly understanding that Roe vs. Wade is challenged like never before, use all the freedoms at their disposal not only to preserve “abortion rights”, but to advance them to levels never before achieved.

But for Catholics, using freedom in this way is totally condemned by their Church. It is an abuse of freedom.

In his encyclical of 1993 Veritatis Splendor (The splendor of truth), Pope Saint John Paul II declared: “The relationship between the freedom of man and the law of God is lived most deeply in the ‘heart’ of the person, in his conscience. moral. Here he cited the pastoral constitution of the Second Vatican Council on the Church in the modern world, Gaudium et Spes: “At the bottom of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose on himself, but which obliges him to obey. Always calling him to love good and to avoid evil, the voice of conscience can, if necessary, speak more specifically to his heart: ‘[D]o this, avoid that. ‘ For man has in his heart a law written by God. To obey him is the very dignity of man; according to her, he will be judged ”(Romans 2: 14-16).

John Paul II underlined that the judgment of conscience contains in it an “imperative character”, namely: “Man must act in accordance with him”. If a person “acts against this judgment… he is condemned by his own conscience”.

John Paul II wrote about this for a long time. This was an integral part of his notion of “the acting person” or “the person and the deed”. Through our human freedom, granted by God through the gift of free will, a person chooses to act, and that person can act morally or immorally. The way the person chooses to act really defines the person. God gave us free will, yes, but to choose the good, not the bad.

This last simply horrible theological statement by Nancy Pelosi in defense of her abortive radicalism is just that: the last.

In August 2008, to the question “When does life begin?” »By Tom Brokaw on Meet the press, Pelosi spoke on behalf of his Church and even the Fathers of the Church, telling a national television audience, “I would say that as an ardent and practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have been studying for ever. long time. And what I do know is that over the centuries the doctors of the Church haven’t been able to make that definition. And Senator … Holy Augustine – said at three months. We do not know. The point is, it shouldn’t impact a woman’s right to choose.

Then there was an infamous exchange in June 2013, when an annoyed Pelosi told a reporter inquiring about her defense of late abortion, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is a field. sacred to me “.

Another moment was Easter 2014, when Pelosi told Planned Parenthood, which had just awarded him its highest honor, its annual Margaret Sanger Award, that pro-lifers were “dumb.” She told the Planned Parenthood devotees, “When you see how closed their minds, or unconscious, or whatever – stupid – then you know what it is.

More recently, last May, when asked her reaction to bishops considering whether Catholic politicians advocating abortion like her might be denied the Eucharist by their priests, Pelosi asked the reporter with a firm, “No,” adding, “I think I can use my own judgment on this.”

I referred to it at the time as a new doctrine of no in persona Christi, corn “In Persona Pelosi. ”

These are just a few of many examples of a longtime Catholic who has sunk even deeper and made her own rules for unborn life and the Church and continues to create a public scandal by her. choice, further emboldening pro-abortion Catholic politicians from Joe Biden to New York’s new Catholic Governor, Governor Kathy Hochul, who is an abortion activist.

All of this will soon come to a head, it is assumed, as the bishops make a statement on whether “pro-choice” politicians should be allowed to receive the Eucharist. Nancy Pelosi actually volunteered as the poster girl for this issue. Every day his false statements make him even more. His slaughter of the Church’s teachings on abortion, from early life to free will, continues unabated.