Amid a growing push among conservative Catholic clergy to deny Holy Communion to elected officials who support abortion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defiantly told reporters on Thursday that she can and will use her “own judgment” on the subject, as Breitbart reports.
The speaker’s comments came in response to a journalist’s question about a recent move by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prepare a document designed to address “the situation of Catholics in public office who support legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia and other moral evils.”
When asked what she thought about the bishops’ deliberation about possibly denying Holy Communion to politicians who promote abortion and euthanasia through legislation, she curtly replied, “I think I can use my own judgment on that.”
Pelosi added that she was “pleased with what the Vatican put out on that subject,” referencing a May 7 letter from the leader of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which cautioned that Conference of Catholic Bishops that any formal policy declaration must be preceded by dialogue among bishops and then between those clerics and Catholic politicians who may be affected by such a change, as NPR noted.
The debate over whether pro-abortion politicians in the United States should be permitted to receive Holy Communion has grown increasingly contentious in recent months, and bishops in this country are sharply divided on the question.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of Pelosi’s own hometown of San Francisco has voiced his opposition to lawmakers such as the speaker participating in the sacrament, saying, “If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” according to Fox News.
However, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has stepped forth with a contrary opinion, lamenting that in his view, “the Eucharist is being weaponized and deployed as a tool in political warfare,” as NPR noted.
President Joe Biden is among the pro-abortion politicians who could be impacted by the outcome of this battle within the Catholic Church, though the archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has already stated his unwillingness to deny the commander in chief participation in Holy Communion.
Whether the Catholic hierarchy in this country will come to some agreement on this highly contentious issue remains to be seen, but it comes as no surprise that Pelosi feels free to publicly advocate for policies that directly contradict teachings of the church to which she simultaneously claims devotion.