Must See: Archbishop Discusses Events That Led Up To Him Barring Pelosi From Communion

By Seth Cutler | Monday, 23 May 2022 05:15
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been denied receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her view on abortion rights, according to a letter from the city's archbishop Friday.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that because of her view on abortion and recent calls to protect access to abortion at the federal level, Pelosi should not appear as a priest for Communion at Mass, nor will any priest during Mass give her Communion.

"After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion," The Archbishop wrote on his Twitter account.

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"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," Cordileone said in the letter, according to The Pillar. "Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.'"

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The letter continued, marking Pelosi as its main focus: "Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months. Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a 'choice,' this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis: 'The very idea that they would be telling women the size, timing or whatever of their family, the personal nature of this is so appalling, and I say that as a devout Catholic'; 'They say to me, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.’ Yes I do. Are you stupid?'"

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The letter signaled an escalation between the Catholic Church, which claims abortion to be a "moral evil" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Democrats who have claimed the church has not been able to decide when life truly begins.

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Pelosi previously said that her stance on abortion is not religious but about the freedom of women to make their own decisions on when to have a child.

“It isn’t about, ‘What is your religious belief?’ It’s, ‘What is the right of people to make their own decisions and the size and time or if they’re going to have a family?’ This really gets me burned up, in case you didn’t notice, because I’m very Catholic again. 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 in March.

Cordileone said he has attempted to contact Pelosi in the past to talk about her stance on abortion, but his letters and attempts at contact have gone unanswered. Before Friday's letter, his most recent letter was sent on April 7.

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