Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion because of abortion | Christianity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The conservative Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco said Friday he would no longer allow U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive communion because of her support for the right to ‘abortion.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in his notification to Pelosi that he sent her a letter April 7 expressing concern after he promised to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision into law once Texas approves. a law banning most abortions. He said Pelosi never responded.

Cordileone said he told Pelosi in the April letter that she should either repudiate her support for abortion rights or stop speaking publicly about her Catholic faith and that if she didn’t, he would have no choice but to declare that she is not entitled to receive Communion.

“I hereby notify you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, if you do, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until you have publicly repudiated your plea for the legitimacy of abortion and confessed and received absolution for this grave sin in the sacrament of penance,” he wrote.

Cordileone said in a separate letter to church members on Friday that he had asked to meet Pelosi six times and his office either did not respond or told him she was busy.

“After many attempts to speak to her to help her understand the grave harm she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger she is risking to her own soul, I have determined that the time has come when I must make a public statement that she should not be admitted to Holy Communion,” he wrote.

Throughout the past year, Cordileone has been one of the most vocal American bishops who have advocated for the denial of Communion to President Joe Biden and other politicians who support abortion rights.

However, each bishop has authority in his own diocese on this matter, and the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has asserted that Biden is welcome to receive the sacrament there.

Last November, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved a long-awaited document on communion that stopped short of calling to deny the sacrament to politicians who support abortion rights. , but offered justifications for individual bishops to do so.

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