The Archbishop of San Francisco has actually disallowed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving communion over her support for abortion. In 2008, Pelosi stated that being rejected communion would be an “extreme blow.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone revealed that she might no longer get it in a public notice letter to her that was released.
Cordileone stated that he had actually formerly talked to Pelosi about the problem, however, that she did decline a current demand to talk after pledging to codify and attempt Roe v. Wade.
In order to have the ability to get it once again, Pelosi, who states she is a devout Catholic, should either repudiate her support for abortion or not describe her faith as validating her position.
“As you have not publicly repudiated your position on abortion, and continue to refer to your Catholic faith in justifying your position and to receive Holy Communion, that time has now come,” Cordileone said.
“Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to care’ (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” the letter continued.
In March, Pelosi spoke at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Texas about how she matured in a pro-life Catholic house– while describing why she does not think the Supreme Court ought to reverse Roe v. Wade.
“This topic really gets me burned up in case you didn’t notice, because again I’m very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out. But I’m not going because I don’t want to make their day,” Pelosi said at the time.
Cordileone also stated that a “Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.'”
The Archbishop said that he wrote to Pelosi on April 7, warning her that “should you not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
“I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities,” Pelosi said at the time.
Fox News noted in a 2008 interview, that Pelosi declared “as a devout, practicing Catholic,” the Church has “not been able to make that definition” of when life starts. The remark drew criticism from numerous leading United States bishops, to whom she reacted that “the point is, it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.” Throughout that interview, she had actually likewise mentioned that she desired abortion to be “rare,” a relatively far cry from the Democrat Party’s position these days.
Throughout the exact same year, Pelosi was inquired about the possibility of being rejected communion on C-SPAN’s “Q & A.”
“I think some of it is regional. It depends on the bishop of a certain region and fortunately for me, communion has not been withheld, and I’m a regular communicant so that would be a severe blow to me if that were the case,” Pelosi said.
The situation between Pelosi and her Archbishop echoes a similar diocesan order that barred former Vice President Biden from receiving communion in 2019.