Pelosi Banned From Receiving Communion
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been officially barred from receiving communion over her pro-choice beliefs.
The Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone wrote a letter to Pelosi this week, saying he had attempted to contact her after she vowed to ensure abortion rights by codifying Roe v. Wade.
Cordileone said that he had previously warned Pelosi in an April 7 letter to either repudiate her support of abortion rights or to stop referring to her Catholic faith in public, or he would have to ban her from receiving communion.
“As you have not publically 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 wrote.
“Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] 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 publically repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.”
The Archbishop penned an additional open letter on Friday, saying he takes “no pleasure whatsoever” in barring Pelosi from communion.
“Speaker Pelosi remains our sister in Christ. Her advocacy for the care of the poor and vulnerable elicits my admiration. I assure you that my action here is purely pastoral, not political,” he wrote.