Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am honored to speak before you in this historic event. Before I begin my address, I have to make an important statement regarding a pressing topic. As you know, the Roman Catholic Church has universally stood against the abortion of infants in the womb. The murder of these innocent babies has gone on for far too long, and recently this legislative body had an opportunity to act justly to put an end to this barbarous practice. However, many members of this body, some of whom are members of my flock, have acted in the contrary. Today I make it known that any Roman Catholic who is of a sufficient age of reason, is aware of the illegality of the act, is aware of the penalty associated, and is not being compelled by some outside force or threat… and who has an abortion or aids in someone else procuring an abortion… will be automatically excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. I have informed all of the bishops in these United States of America that this is a non-negotiable reality, and they face deposition from their various roles should they not follow through on this direction. This includes voting against pro-abortion legislation, or voting against anti-abortion legislation. This includes voting to continue funding to abortion providers, or voting against the defunding of abortion providers. This ongoing infanticide has gone on long enough.
Let it be known that no one in this room, or anyone who hears this address, is unaware of the illegality of these acts, or the penalty associated. This is part of our Canon of Law, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is no excuse. There will be no accommodation. The systematic murder of our most vulnerable must stop, and it must stop today.
Amidst audible gasps in the chamber, Pope Francis quietly proceeded with his address regarding income inequality, environmental reform, and other pressing social issues.