Three more Catholic bishops take action to bar Pelosi from receiving Communion

Three more Catholic bishops have banned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking Communion due to her pro-abortion stance, days after the archbishop in her home city of San Francisco said May 20 that she could not receive the sacrament.

Communion is a central part of Catholic Christianity. Catholicism teaches that the bread and wine are transformed into Jesus’ body and blood, and that Catholics can commune with Jesus by regularly receiving the sacrament.

However, Catholics are not supposed to take Communion if there is a serious sin in their life that they have not been forgiven of.

While Pelosi professes to be Catholic, she is an outspoken supporter of abortion, which the Catholic Church considers to be murder.

“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco wrote in a May 20 letter.

Since then, at least three other bishops have also said Pelosi cannot receive communion in their jurisdictions, Religion News Service reported.

“I have visited with the pastor at St Helena and informed him that if the Archbishop prohibited someone from receiving Holy Communion then that restriction followed the person and that the pastor was not free to ignore it,” read a statement from Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, which is adjacent to the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Citing canon law, Vasa added that “providing sacraments to someone prohibited from receiving them has its own possible penalties.”

Bishop Michael Burbidge, who leads the Diocese of Arlington in Virginia, expressed similar sentiments, telling “The Walk Humbly Podcast” on Wednesday that he would respect Cordileone’s decision.

“He is her bishop and as that bishop the direction and guidance he provides is not limited to just a geographical area,” Burbidge said, according to the Catholic Herald.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, also said Pelosi would not be allowed to receive Communion in his jurisdiction.

His “desire was to emphasize that what Archbishop Cordileone is doing is considered to be ‘medicinal’ for the state of Mrs. Pelosi’s soul,” Strickland told Religion News Service.