This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi targeted the Catholic archbishop who prohibited her from partaking of Holy Communion in her home parish.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced this week that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been barred from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her “growing more extreme” stance on abortion.
According to the Catholic Church, abortion is a form of murder and thus goes against church doctrine. The Catholic Church also maintains that Holy Communion, one of the church’s main sacraments, is only available to those who have been baptized. Members who commit a “grave sin” (such as abortion) are advised to skip participating in communion until they do the reconciliation sacrament.
During an interview on MSNBC, Nancy Pelosi repeated pro-abortion (and political, not theological) talking points, implying that Cordileone is yet another individual who wants to limit women’s rights.
“This is not only about terminating a pregnancy. So, these same individuals are against contraceptives, vitro fertilization, family planning — it’s all the same to them, and they use abortion as a frontman topic for it while they attempt to undo so much,” Pelosi complained.
After that, the California representative tried to pin the archbishop in hypocrisy over capital punishment.
“I’m curious about the death penalty, which I’m against. So is the church, but they do nothing to those who may not agree with them,” she added.
Finally, she bashed Cordileone for opposing LGBTQ rights. Of course, the Catholic Church opposes gay marriage.
Our archbishop has also opposed LGBTQ rights. In fact, he was a leading figure in several campaigns— one of which is on the ballot in California. So, this move to privacy and precedent is quite dangerous for many people throughout the United States, as it is not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.
Pope Francis has previously stated that Holy Communion is only for Catholics “in the community,” but politicians who vote for abortion are “outside of the community.”