San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not be permitted to receive holy communion due to her public stance on abortion.
Cordileone sent a letter to Pelosi, who lives in San Fransisco, saying that she should not approach the altar during Mass to receive communion and that priests would not be allowing her to partake of the sacrament, according to Fox News.
"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 told Pelosi.
Pelosi has said that whether or not abortion should be legal "isn't about what is your religious belief," but that "It's what is the right of people to make their own decisions about the sizing and time or if they are going to have a family."
Pelosi has described herself as a "devout" Catholic, and said that she was raised in a family that was opposed to abortion. In March, she defended her stance on abortion anyway, saying that the Supreme Court, then hearing the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health, should not seek to overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally.
A leak of the Supreme Court's forthcoming decision showed that indeed, the Court may intend to overturn that longstanding case and revert the decision on abortion's legality back to the individual states. The Constitution enumerates that for those matters not covered in that document, states are to make their own laws where they see fit to do so.
"This [topic] really gets me burned up in case you didn't notice, because again I'm very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out. But I'm not going because I don't want to make their day," Pelosi said in March at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.
Pro-abortion activists sought to protest Catholic churches on Mother's Day to express their displeasure with the Church's stance on the integrity of life.
After the Supreme Court's draft opinion leak, Pelosi stood with her Democrat colleagues and backed the Women's Health Protection Act, which legalizes abortion without limitation for the entirety of a woman's pregnancy. This bill, said Pelosi, would be a "codification" of the Roe v Wade decision into national law.
"Of course, we haven't passed it in the Senate. But we never, as I say, we never give up in that regard because we do think that the codification of Roe v. Wade would be a really important protection against the court," she said.
As to her view on abortion from a moral perspective, she said "it's not up to me to say what's right for somebody else. Nor is it right for you, nor is it right for the Supreme Court. This has been a precedent of the court. It should be upheld by the court."
She spoke as well about her opponents on the issue, saying "these are people who don’t believe in governance."
"They don't believe in government protecting the environment, they don't believe in government protecting people's rights or voting rights or anything like that. But they really are big-time government in your bedroom. Whether it's a woman's right to choose, LGBTQ, whatever it is, all of a sudden, there they are," she said.
In Pelosi's view, abortion should be a key factor for voters when they go to the polls for the midterm elections this November, saying "you probably want to make decisions about who you vote for in the elections when it comes to this very sad situation."
It was nearly a year ago when Catholic Bishops spoke about perhaps denying communion to President Biden due to his public, pro-abortion view. In June, American Roman Catholic bishops announce the creation of a "teaching document" that would instruct priests not to allow pro-abortion politicians to take the sacrament.
"The Catholic Bishops are moving on this resolution that would prevent you and others who've supported abortion from receiving communion. Are you concerned about the rift in the Catholic Church and how do you feel personally about that?" A reporter asked Biden at one of his few press conferences.
"It's a private matter, and I don't think that's going to happen," Biden said.
The White House was recently asked again to try to justify Biden's Catholic faith with his pro-abortion stance. "The President has talked about his position many times. He supports the right of a woman to make choices about her own body with her doctor," the press secretary said.
When asked if the President supports abortion up until the moment of birth, as would be allowable under the failed "codification" bill, the White House press secretary claimed that "the President has spoken about this many times, Peter, and I would refer you to his own comments about abortion and a woman's right to choose and make decisions about her body with her doctor, which is what any of those women would do."
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