Amid renewed and very heated debate on the topic of abortion, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone dealt a life-changing blow to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), banning her from receipt of Holy Communion due to her pro-abortion position, as Fox News reports.
In a letter sent to the Democrat lawmaker, Cordileone declared that she is no longer to present herself to receive Holy Communion during church services and notified her that priests are not permitted to give it to her even if she does.
Specifically, Cordileone told Pelosi, “[y]ou are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically [sic] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.”
The communication, dated Thursday, also explains that “[a] Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
Cordileone added, “I am grateful to you for the time you have given me in the past to speak about these matters. Unfortunately, I have not received such an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in federal law… .”
“As you have not publically [sic] repudiated your position on abortion, and continue to refer to your Catholic faith in justifying your position and to receive Holy Communion, [the time to refuse Communion] as now come,” the archbishop stated.
Cordileone also told Pelosi that he stands “ready to continue our conversation at any time,” and he also asked “all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray for all of our legislators, especially Catholic legislators who promote procured abortion, that with the help and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they may undergo a conversion of heart in this most grave matter… .”
Pelosi has express defiance in the face of prior threats to block her from receiving Holy Communion, saying last year, “I think I can use my own judgment on that.”
However, in light of Archbishop Cordileone’s statement last week, it should now be clear to the speaker that with regard to appeasing her liberal, pro-abortion base and remaining in good standing with the Church, she really can’t have it both ways.”