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San Francisco Archbishop Bans Nancy Pelosi From Communion Over Abortion Stance

Defying Pope Francis, the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, announced Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) could no longer receive the Sacrament of Communion because of her pro- of the right to abortion.

In a public statement to Pelosi, Cordileone said that because the legislature did not “deny your position on abortion…I hereby notify you that you are not to attend for Holy Communion and, if you do so, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion”.

The ban will remain in place “until you publicly reject your plea for the legitimacy of abortion, and confess and receive absolution for this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone added. , one of the most conservative Catholic leaders in the country.

Pelosi has yet to respond to the communion ban.

Jamie L. Manson, president of the abortion rights group Catholics for Choice, condemned Cordileone’s statement during an interview with the Catholic News Agency, saying he was “waging a culture war whose bishops have already withdrawn”. He called on Church leaders to “stop stigmatizing and start listening to Catholics who are pro-choice.”

Cordileone said on “The Gloria Purvis Podcast” on Friday that he took the action now because of Pelosi’s support to “codify the Roe decision into federal law.” Pelosi said she would do so in an effort to protect reproductive rights in light of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would void the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Cordileone said he viewed Pelosi’s legislative action as “more extreme and aggressive” support for abortion rights. (The law failed in the Senate.)

Pope Francis warned last September that communion should never be politicized. Communion is a central sacrament of the church and the focus of the Mass in which the bread and wine are seen by the faithful as being transformed into the flesh and blood of Christ.

“What should a shepherd do? Francis spoke about the issue while talking to reporters. “Be a shepherd and don’t walk around condemning or not condemning. They must be a shepherd with God’s style [of] closeness, compassion and tenderness.

Francis said he had “never refused the Eucharist” to anyone.

The pontiff was then responding to calls from conservative Catholics to refuse communion to President Joe Biden, also because of his position in favor of women’s reproductive rights.

A month later, Biden met personally with the pope at the Vatican. Francis told him he was a “good Catholic” and that he should “continue to receive Communion,” Biden said.

Catholic lawmakers have often stressed that they are secular leaders and have no intention of imposing Vatican rules on the American public.

When John F. Kennedy, the nation’s first Catholic president (Biden is the second), ran for office, many voters feared he was taking orders from the pope, not the voters. It was a crucial issue in a nation whose Constitution requires the separation of church and state.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released earlier this month found that 55% of American Catholics want the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade, even though Catholic teaching opposes abortion.

After a heated debate last year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided that there would be “no national policy to deny politicians Communion.”


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