SAN FRANCISCO — The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco stated Friday that he’ll not permit U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to obtain Communion due to her help for abortion rights.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stated in he despatched Pelosi a letter April 7 expressing his considerations after she vowed to codify the Supreme Courtroom’s Roe v. Wade determination establishing a constitutional proper to abortion into legislation due to the Texas legislation banning most abortions that can take impact if the excessive court docket overturns Roe. Cordileone additionally stated Pelosi by no means responded.
Cordileone stated he advised Pelosi within the letter that she should both repudiate her help of abortion rights or cease talking publicly about her Catholic religion and that if she did not, he would haven’t any different selection however to declare she isn’t allowed to obtain Communion.
“I’m hereby notifying you that you’re not to current your self for Holy Communion and, must you accomplish that, you aren’t to be admitted to Holy Communion, till such time as you publically repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and obtain absolution of this grave sin within the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone’s letter stated.
Cordileone stated in a separate letter Friday to church members that he requested six instances to fulfill with Pelosi however that her workplace did not reply or advised him she was busy.
“After quite a few makes an attempt to talk together with her to assist her perceive the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is inflicting, and the hazard to her personal soul she is risking, I’ve decided that the purpose has come by which I need to make a public declaration that she is to not be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone wrote.
Pelosi’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to electronic mail and telephone messages searching for touch upon Friday.
Cordileone over the previous 12 months has been among the many most outspoken U.S. bishops advocating that Communion be denied to President Joe Biden and different politicians who help abortion rights.
Nevertheless, every bishop has authority in his personal diocese on this matter, and the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has affirmed that Biden is welcome to obtain the sacrament there.
The U.S. Convention of Catholic Bishops final November overwhelmingly accredited a long-anticipated doc on Communion that stopped in need of calling for withholding the sacrament from politicians who help abortion rights however supplied justifications for particular person bishops to take action.