ROME, October 11, 2021 ~ Saturday, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis, in the midst of a nationwide debate over the legality and morality of abortion laws.
Pelosi and the Biden Administration have encouraged judges to block a recently instituted Texas law, barring abortions from being performed six weeks after conception, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
“Biden [who is Catholic] has said he is personally opposed to abortion,” said 760 WJR News Analyst Marie Osborne to 760 WJR’s Kevin Dietz. “But as a politician, [he] cannot impose his views on others.”
October 11, 2021 ~ Marie Osborne talks with Kevin Dietz about Nancy Pelosi‘s visit with Pope Francis.
The meeting happened only months after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Pelosi’s hometown, released a letter saying that pro-choice politicians should not recieve the sacrament, and that they would be barred from Communion at his Archdiocese.
However, despite Pope Francis declaring abortion is “murder” last month, he criticized Catholic bishops for bringing politics into the church.
“Communion is not a prize for the perfect,” said the pope. “Communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and his Church.”
“This was very private, neither the pope nor Nancy Pelosi are going to make public what they may have talked about,” said Osborne. “But it would have been very interesting to know what he may have said to her about this topic. You have to believe that this topic came up in the discussion between these two.”
President Biden is expected to meet with the pope in the coming weeks as he is in Rome to talk to economic leaders of the G20.