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Priest slams Nancy Pelosi: Stop ‘betraying’ Catholicism, or renounce faith

- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2013

The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director for Priests for Life, isn't pulling any punches in a letter he penned to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a self-proclaimed Catholic: Either comply with the teachings of the Church, or renounce your faith.

The priest was especially outraged at Ms. Pelosi's open pro-choice abortion views, seen as a direct conflict with Catholic teachings, Breitbart reported. His letter came on the heels of her recent explanation to a reporter that abortion was in line with her religious views.

Father Pavone wrote, in a letter posted on the group's website: "Last Thursday, 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?' 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.' "

The priest said Ms. Pelosi made a "mockery of the Catholic faith," in part, by avoiding "giving an answer," Breitbart reported.

He further wrote: "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."

It'd be best, he went on, if she either comply with the teachings of the Catholic Church — or leave.

"Mrs. Pelosi, for decades you have gotten away with betraying and misrepresenting the Catholic faith as well as the responsibilities of public office," he wrote. "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."

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