Pelosi admits she’s been counseled by archbishop and lobbied by hierarchy ? but won’t change her mind on abortion, other moral issues

San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer has personally counseled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, about her views on abortion and other moral issues, Pelosi revealed in a recent interview with Newsweek. But the Speaker apparently has no intentions of changing her opinions, regardless of the archbishop’s advice. In an interview with Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift published on the magazine’s website on Dec. 21 and in the print edition dated today, Pelosi said, “I have some concerns about the church’s position respecting a woman’s right to choose. I have some concerns about the church’s position on gay rights. I am a practicing Catholic, although they’re probably not too happy about that. But it is my faith. I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that is that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will.”