San Francisco Archbishop says Pelosi cannot receive communion due to efforts to protect abortion rights

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The San Francisco archbishop said on Friday that Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, Speaker of the House of Representatives is no longer able to receive the Eucharist because she refuses to back down from the pressure she puts on for him. abortion Entrance.

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone wrote on Friday that “many of his requests” have not been granted since meeting with Pelosi of San Francisco. Roe v. He swore he’d keep Wade. The archbishop said on April 7 that he conveyed to Pelosi that he would have no choice but to reject her communion if she did not refuse to publicly defend her “rights” to abortion or avoid publicly referring to her faith. The archbishop’s condemnation is the latest in political and religious debate as some leaders in the Catholic Church speak out against Catholic politicians who support abortion.

Referring to Cannon 915 of the Catholic Church, the Archbishop said, “Those who are excommunicated or banned after the imposition or proclamation of punishment, and others who stubbornly persevere in open major sin, will not be admitted to holy communion.” The Chatecism of the Catholic Church is against abortion.

“Since you did not publicly reject your position on abortion and continued to refer to your Catholic faith to justify your position and receive Holy Communion, that time has now come,” said the Archbishop. “Therefore, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to ‘care for all Christian believers entrusted to them,’ [my] attention’ … through this communication I inform you that you will not offer yourself to Holy Communion, and that if you do, you will not be admitted to Holy Communion until you publicly decline. defense of the legitimacy of abortion and the atoning confession and acknowledgment of this great sin.”

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Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on May 13, 2022, in Washington DC in Roe v. He talks to congressmen about the Wade issue in front of the steps to the House of Representatives.

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The Archbishop simplified his position in a tweet that followed: “After numerous attempts to meet Speaker Pelosi to help him understand the serious evil he has done, the scandal he has caused, the danger he has risked to his own soul, I have decided not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” He wrote.

Archbishop’s public office comes as leaked Supreme Court draft opinion this is Roe v. Wade, sparked renewed attention over the abortion debate, and a series of bills came from both supporters and opponents of abortion.

But Pelosi isn’t the first politician to be scolded over abortion by those in the Catholic Church – bishops debate whether President Biden, who is also Catholic, should receive communion as well. Pope Francis said last year that no one had rejected his congregation, and encouraged Catholic leaders to avoid aligning with politics.

Finally, in November 2021, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to approve a document This fell short of denying communion to Mr. Biden or others advocating widespread abortion access.

Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report