United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back yesterday on the decision by San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion. Source: Crux.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Ms Pelosi said she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others.
The California Democrat says she comes from a large family with many members who oppose abortion. “I respect people’s views about that. But I don’t respect us foisting it onto others.”
Ms Pelosi added, “Our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact, he led the way in an initiative on the ballot in California.”
In a letter last month to Ms Pelosi, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he would refuse her Communion after she vowed to codify into law the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. That legislation passed the House but died last week in the Senate.
Ms Pelosi said women and families need to know this is about more than abortion. “These same people are against contraception, family planning, in vitro fertilisation. It’s a blanket thing and they use abortion as the front man for it.”
Over the past year, Archbishop Cordileone has been among the most outspoken US bishops advocating that Communion be denied to President Joe Biden and other politicians who support abortion.
However, each bishop has authority in his own diocese on this matter, and the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has affirmed that Mr Biden is welcome to receive the sacrament there.