House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) next appearance at her Catholic church could be somewhat awkward.
That’s because according to The Hill, Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, the archbishop of Pelosi’s home district of San Francisco, California, recently declared that Catholics who support the abortion rights movement should be denied Holy Communion.
Cordileone issued a recent statement in which he made crystal clear that the Church doesn’t support abortion and anyone who does is in clear violation of the teachings of the Church. Pelosi, given her record on abortion rights, fits into that category, easily.
“[T]hose who reject the teaching of the Church on the sanctity of human life and those who do not seek to live in accordance with that teaching should not receive the Eucharist,” Cordileone wrote in a statement dated May 1.
“The Church’s teaching and discipline on worthiness to receive Holy Communion has been consistent throughout her history, going back to the very beginning,” the archbishop wrote. “Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights: when our culture encourages the violation of life at its youngest and most vulnerable condition, other ethical norms cannot stand for long.”
Pelosi has not shied away from acknowledging that her support for abortion rights and her Catholic faith is at a crossroads, even discussing it at length during a podcast interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the Washington Post reported.
While the archbishop noted that his latest statement wasn’t directed at any one individual, the entire text of his statement pulled zero punches as far as calling out parishioners who call themselves Catholic but continue to support abortion.
Interestingly, Cordileone said in the statement that pastors should call public figures “to conversion and to warn them that if they do not amend their lives they must answer before the tribunal of God for the innocent blood that has been shed.”
Of course, “conversion” probably isn’t in the cards for the 81-year-old, progressive California Democrat, because like most politicians, appeasing constituents is a much higher priority than obeying the teachings of the Church and God.