Archbishop Cordileone: ‘Everyone Who Advocates For Abortion… Participates In A Great Moral Evil’

Bridget Sielicki

San Francisco’s Catholic Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this past week in which he decried the Catholic response to Texas’ new heartbeat law, going so far as to suggest that prominent Catholics who publicly support the slaughter of the preborn should be threatened with excommunication.

In his editorial, the Archbishop, who serves as the bishop for pro-abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, expressed dismay that so many of the most outspoken abortion supporters also call themselves Catholic. “As a faith leader in the Catholic community, I find it especially disturbing that so many of the politicians on the wrong side of the preeminent human rights issue of our time are self-professed Catholics,” he wrote.

He also mentioned the summer’s earlier uproar, in which many people expressed outrage at the idea that pro-abortion politicians should be denied communion. “We were accused of inappropriately injecting religion into politics, of butting in where we didn’t belong,” he said. “I see matters differently.”

Archbishop Cordileone went on to liken today’s fight against abortion to the fight against racism decades ago, calling to mind the actions of New Orleans Archbishop Joseph Rummel, who worked tirelessly to resist racism and segregation within his churches and community despite backlash from many pro-segregation white Catholics. While Rummel urged those Catholics to put aside their racist views, he also used his leadership role to ultimately threaten excommunication to those who persisted in clear opposition to anti-racist Church teaching.

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