The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has barred House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion over her support for abortion.
In a message to his parishes, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he made the decision after repeated attempts to talk to Pelosi to urge her to support Catholic doctrine, which is that life begins at conception and that abortion is a sin.
According to The Blaze, the archbishop was persuaded to take this action after an interview Pelosi recently gave to the Seattle Times, in which she discussed the leaked draft opinion that is expected to overturn Roe. v. Wade.
“The very idea that they would be telling women the size, timing or whatever of their family, the personal nature of this is so appalling, and I say that as a devout Catholic,” Pelosi told the Times.
“They say to me, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.’ Yes I do. Are you stupid?”
Cordileone, in his message, wrote, “Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months. Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice,’ this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis.”
“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which 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 confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” the archbishop wrote.
“Please know that I find no pleasure whatsoever in fulfilling my pastoral duty here. Speaker Pelosi remains our sister in Christ. Her advocacy for the care of the poor and vulnerable elicits my admiration. I assure you that my action here is purely pastoral, not political,” he added.
He also asked faithful Christians to continue to pray for her conversion on this matter.
Cordileone has publicly butted heads with Pelosi over abortion, as The Free Press has occasionally chronicled over the past year or so.
Last October, for instance, after Francis issued a statement condemning “throwaway culture” and labeling abortion “truly murder,” Pelosi responded by saying, “It’s none of our business how other people choose the size and timing of their families.”
Cordileone answered that with a petition that called for prayers for the top House Democrat, who was advocating for a bill that would protect doctors who perform abortions.
“Speaker Pelosi speaks fondly of her children. She clearly has a maternal heart. Pope Francis has called abortion murder, the equivalent of hiring a hitman to solve a problem. The solution to a woman in a crisis pregnancy is not violence but love.”
“Any reasonable person with a basic sense of morality and inkling of decency cannot but shudder in horror at such a heinous evil being codified in law,” he continued. “It is especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it.”