Archbishop penalizes Nancy Pelosi over abortion advocacy, says decision is “pastoral, not political”
Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (D-California), cannot receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese San Francisco and she should not be present for the Eucharist until then “publicly repudiates”Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who announced her support for abortion on Friday.
Pelosi claims she is a Roman Catholic devout, but she called for Americans to vote Democratic in order to legalize the abortion after an unpublished Supreme Court opinion cast doubt on it.
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,”Cordileone addressed a letter to Catholic faithful.
According to the archbishop, he had informed Pelosi (a member of his archdiocese) of his decision. She hasn’t commented publicly as of Friday afternoon. Her description of herself was “a…” “regular communicant”He stated in 2008 that being denied communion was a form of denying God’s grace. “a severe blow.”
Cordileone pointed out that Cordileone’s instructions only apply to his archdiocese. This means that Pelosi can still be baptized in Washington DC or elsewhere. According to Cordileone, the decision was in accordance with church law which prohibits communion for those who are not Catholic. “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin.”
Cordileone also wrote a separate note to priests in the archdiocese. He stated that he wasn’t “weaponizing the Eucharist”He was a motivated man. “pastoral, not political.”He stated that he tried repeatedly to meet Pelosi ever since September 2021 when she had announced her support for codifying the rights to abortion into law. “repudiate this position, or else refrain from referring to her Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion.”
Informing his clergy about the refusal of Pelosi to answer his letters or meet with him, Archbishop Cordileone stated that his church had no choice but to accept his apology. “resistance to pastoral counsel has gone on for too long,”And there it was “nothing more that can be done at this point to help the Speaker understand the seriousness of the evil her advocacy for abortion is perpetrating and the scandal she is causing.”
Abortion is a crime according to the Roman Catholic Church. It is currently considered legal in the US due to a 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which the highest court in the land may soon overturn – according to a draft opinion leaked to the media earlier this month.
Pelosi described her self as “an American woman” at a Texas event she attended in March. “very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that”The church said, “would like to throw me out,”However, he insisted on the fact that Roe v. Wade should be upheld by the court.