The top Catholic official in Nancy Pelosi's home district called for a "massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting" to change the House speaker's mind on abortion.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a statement Wednesday lamenting a bill recently passed by the House he said would impose abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy. Pelosi supports the bill.
"A conversion of heart of the majority of our congressional representatives is needed on this issue, beginning with the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi," Cordileone said. "I am therefore inviting all Catholics to join in a massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting for Speaker Pelosi: commit to praying one rosary a week and fasting on Fridays for her conversion of heart."
H.R. 3755, or the Women's Health Protection Act of 2021, was passed in the House on Sept. 24 with a 218-211 vote. The legislation broadens the availability of abortion procedures in the United States.
"This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice, and clearly in reaction, among other things, to the recently passed Texas Heartbeat bill," Cordileone said in an earlier statement. "It should come as no surprise, then, that that bill is being challenged by none other than The Satanic Temple and precisely on the grounds of religious freedom. Indeed, HR 3755 is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic."
Pelosi defended the bill last week in response to the archbishop's statement.
"The archbishop of the city of that area, of San Francisco, and I had a disagreement about who should decide this," she said. "I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities."
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Original Author: Matthew Miller