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Wow this is big. The Pillar, a Catholic news opinion site, reporting now: “Pelosi barred from Holy Communion over abortion advocacy.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is barred from receiving the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her efforts to codify federal protection for abortions, according to a May 20 statement from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Archbishop Cordileone, one of the conservative bishops for sure—one wonders how he got appointed to be over the archdiocese of San Francisco—has been admonishing Pelosi for a while. And ever since the leak about the Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade a few weeks ago, Pelosi and the left have gone on a rampage of full-throated support for all abortion rights. They even claim it’s a moral good to kill the innocent unborn and it’s within Catholic doctrine to allow abortion—a full out lie. Well, one would think Cordileone would have had enough. However, according to the news article, this had been brewing for a number of months.
In the May 19 notification published online, the archbishop recounted efforts to meet with Pelosi in recent months, noting that “I have not received…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, following upon passage of Texas Senate Bill 8 last September.”
“That is why I communicated my concerns to you via letter on April 7, 2022, and informed you there 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.”
This is an earthquake, both in the Catholic world and in political discourse. Can the denial of Holy Communion to other politicians who support abortion be far behind? I certainly hope more bishops will finally get their spine and follow suit. Here’s what the Archbishop wrote to Pelosi.
“I must make a public declaration that [Pelosi] 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. I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public,” Cordileone wrote in a letter released Friday.
Three cheers to Cordileone, which translated from Italian means heart of a lion!Published in