Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is no longer allowed to receive Holy Communion because of her stance on abortion rights, the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco announced Friday in a statement. letter to members of the archdiocese.
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone said he found “no pleasure in fulfilling my pastoral duty here,” but he sees no other choice.
Cordileone, who has served as archbishop of San Francisco since 2012, said he tried to speak with Pelosi about the issue, but she ignored his requests to discuss her pro-choice stances.
“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 declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion “rights” and confesses and receives absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the Sacrament of Penance,” he wrote.
Pelosi, who often mentions his Catholic faith, is a longtime proponent of abortion rights.
Earlier this month, after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion nationwide would likely be overturned, Pelosi called on the Democratic Party to fight for the right to abortion and voters to “activate our communities and make our voices heard.
The conservative archbishop said “Speaker Pelosi’s stance on abortion has only become more extreme over the years, especially in recent months.”
“Earlier this month, she once again, as she has done many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice’, this time by herself. directly opposing Pope Francis,” whom he called “one of the most outspoken defenders of human dignity at every stage and condition of life.
Francis, according to Cordileone, “as much as any pope in living memory, has repeatedly and vividly affirmed the clear and constant teaching of the Church that abortion is a grave moral evil.”