SAN FRANCISCO – The conservative Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco said on Friday that he would no longer allow US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive communion because of her support for abortion rights.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he sent Pelosi a letter on April 7 expressing concern after she promised to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion, since Texas law prohibits most abortions, which will take effect if the High Court overthrows Roe. Cordileone also said Pelosi never responded.
Cordileone said he told Pelosi in the letter that she must either decline her support for abortion rights or stop speaking publicly about her Catholic faith, and that if she didn’t he had no choice but to to declare that she was not to receive communion.
“I hereby inform you that you will not come to Holy Communion and, should you do so, you will not be admitted to Holy Communion until you publicly repudiate your stand for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution from this grave sin in the received the sacrament of penance,” says Cordileone’s letter.
Cordileone told church members in a separate letter Friday that he had requested to meet with Pelosi six times, but had not responded to her office or told him she was busy.
“After numerous attempts to speak to her to help her understand the grave evil she is committing, the scandal she is causing and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have come to the conclusion It’s come to the point where I have to make a public statement that she should not be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone wrote.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to email and phone messages requesting comment on Friday.
Cordileone was among the most outspoken U.S. bishops last year to advocate denying communion to President Joe Biden and other pro-choice politicians.
However, each bishop has authority on this matter in his own diocese, and Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory has confirmed that Biden is welcome to receive the sacrament there.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops last November overwhelmingly passed a long-awaited communion document that went from calling for withholding the sacrament from pro-choice politicians to justifying individual bishops to do so.
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