San Francisco’s archbishop has declared that United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not “to be admitted” to Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates “support for abortion ” and goes to confession and receives absolution “for her cooperation in this evil”. Source: CNS.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he decided to make this declaration “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” as a Catholic who supports legalised abortion.
Ms Pelosi represents California’s 12th Congressional District, which is entirely within San Francisco.
“Please know that I find no pleasure whatsoever in fulfilling my pastoral duty here,” Archbishop Cordileone said. “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. I have been very clear in my words and actions about this.”
Archbishop Cordileone said he is bound by canon law to be “concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted” to his care.
He added that over the years he has heard from many Catholics “expressing distress over the scandal being caused by such Catholics in public life who promote such grievously evil practices as abortion”.
Ms Pelosi considers abortion health care and has warned the Supreme Court to keep its “hands off women’s reproductive health care.” She also said if Roe vs Wade is overturned, Republicans have a “dangerous and extreme agenda” that could see “an all-out assault” on more rights.