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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone bars House Speaker Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion in San Francisco

by | May 23, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is barred from receiving Holy Communion because of her pro-abortion stance.

“Archbishop Cordileone told Pelosi in a letter Thursday that she had not offered ‘an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in federal law’ after a Texas law effectively banning most abortions took effect last year,” The Los Angeles Times reported.

Cordileone said he had written to Pelosi in April warning her that he was prepared to bar her from receiving Communion.

“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,'” Archbishop Cordileone says in the letter. 

“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,” he wrote this week, according to the Times.

“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,'” Archbishop Cordileone says in the letter. 

Archbishop Cordileone’s letter sparked a furious blowback from the editorial page of the San Francisco Chronicle.

‘We repeat the call for Pope Francis to remove him and replace him with a leader who can unify rather than divide,” the editorial read. “Cordileone’s radical conservative politics might attract more people to the faith in places like Oklahoma or Texas, but his partisan pomposity will win no converts in San Francisco.” 

The Archbishop was asked about the timing of the letter. 

During an interview for America, the magazine of the Jesuits of the United States, host Gloria Purvis asked, “With all that’s going on right now – with Dobbs v. Jackson and the leaked opinion that Roe could be overturned – why make this decision now?” 

He responded, “The leaked decision and the Dobbs case really have nothing to do with the timing of it.” 

He pointed out that, “More recently, her advocacy for codifying the Roe decision into federal law—it’s becoming more and more extreme and more and more aggressive.”

Cordileone told Purvis he has been “trying to speak with her about this,” adding, “I’ve been debating this within my own conscience for many years, actually. So this is not something that has just come up recently. 

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