A Catholic priest active in the pro-life movement said if Nancy Pelosi continues her refusal to condemn abortion, she should renounce her Catholic faith.
The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, sent the House minority leader a strongly worded letter demanding she explain her position on late-term abortion.
His letter followed Pelosi's June 13 news conference at which Pavone contends she sidestepped the issue.
"We simply want to express frustration that has been long-standing about Pelosi: You can't say you're a Catholic and then betray the faith," Pavone said during a Fox News interview.
"All she has to do is answer a question that she refused to answer in that press briefing: What is the difference between a late-term abortion and killing a baby outside the womb?" he said.
Pelosi said during her news briefing, "As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don't think it should have anything to do with politics."
Addressing her comments in his letter, Pavone wrote, "With this statement, you make a mockery of the Catholic faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves 'practicing and respectful Catholics' and who find the killing of children — whether inside or outside the womb — reprehensible.
"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."
Pavone concluded: "Mrs. Pelosi, for decades you have gotten away with betraying and misrepresenting the Catholic faith as well as the responsibilities of public office. 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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