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Nancy Pelosi scolds Archbishop Cordileone for participation in pro-marriage event

June 16, 2014

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has written to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, urging him not to attend the Jun 19 March for Marriage in Washington, saying that participants will be showing their “disdain and hate” for homosexuals.

The House minority leader, who has frequently denounced Church teachings on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, based her appeal to the archbishop on her interpretation of Catholic theology. “We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco,” she wrote to the archbishop.

Archbishop Cordileone is the chairman of the US bishops’ committee on marriage, and has taken a strong public stand in opposition to same-sex marriage. Pelosi is a resident of the San Francisco archdiocese which he leads.

The March for Marriage is sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage. Archbishop Cordileone will be a featured speaker at the event.


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  • Posted by: virgy5944 - Aug. 09, 2014 4:47 PM ET USA

    The definition of a highbrow fits Pelosi to a tee. A highbrow is a person educated beyond their own intelligence. How can a person renounce Catholic teaching and still say she is Catholic?

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 18, 2014 12:33 AM ET USA

    Can a Bishop excommunicate someone for egregiously and repeatedly committing public sins? Her public stand and outright support of the killing of innocents would fill the bill.

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jun. 17, 2014 3:18 PM ET USA

    Time after time, this is not the first time nor will it be the last.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 17, 2014 10:55 AM ET USA

    I believe that Archbishop Cordileone is her bishop in her hometown of SF and, of course, Cardinal Wuerl is the bishop of Washington, D.C. where she "works." Neither of them have done anything, so does that mean she will continue to get a "free ride" in ignoring the Magisterium and Canon Law? Guess so.

  • Posted by: long john - Jun. 17, 2014 10:44 AM ET USA

    Is this the same Nancy Pelosi who told the archbishop that he had no business telling HER what to do when he sent her a letter earlier suggesting that she do something?

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 17, 2014 10:27 AM ET USA

    "Nancy Pelosi is among the richest members of Congress,[125] with an estimated net worth of approximately $58 million, the 12th highest estimated net worth in Congress, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics." - Wikipedia You cannot serve both God and Mammon.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jun. 16, 2014 8:09 PM ET USA

    This woman defies imagination! She is telling the archbishop what his job is? He should listen to her and not to his mandate from our Lord? Truly, she lives in darkness and needs the light of truth and much prayer.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2014 8:03 PM ET USA

    Canon 915 time ! There has to be a response to this from the bishop.

  • Posted by: florentine - Jun. 16, 2014 7:50 PM ET USA

    This woman has caused such scandal for the sacred beliefs of the Catholic Church. She persistently and openly disdains the leadership and Catholic Church teachings. Enough of the soft peddle .... she should be excommunicated. In America, you can say and believe and support whatever you want to, but if you are gong the take up the Cross of Christ, to walk with Him and be part of those who love, serve, and hope to save souls, you cannot be doing and preaching lies and immoral, sinful behaviors.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 16, 2014 2:20 PM ET USA

    This is the woman who recounted how she had studied the abortion "issue" for years and came to the conclusion that the Pope is just flat wrong about it.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 16, 2014 1:46 PM ET USA

    This could be used as an opportunity to respond with clear Catholic teaching on marriage and family and to remind politicians how they were all "supporting marriage" before the elections. Holding my breath ...