San Francisco archbishop defies pope’s advice by barring Pelosi from receiving communion

The archbishop of San Francisco has defied the pope’s advice by barring Nancy Pelosi from receiving communion because of her support for abortion rights.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced the action against the House Speaker, who is a lifelong Catholic, following her vote in Congress to codify Roe vs. Wade in the midst of the Supreme Court controversy.

Last year, Pope Francis told Joe Biden he was a “good Catholic” during a private meeting, telling bishops who wanted to ban pro-abortion politicians from taking communion that they should make a “pastoral” decision. ”, not politics.

“Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become more extreme over the years, especially in recent months,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a statement Friday.

“Just earlier this month, once again, as he has done many times before, he explicitly raised his Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice,’ this time explicitly opposing Pope Francis.”

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The archbishop said the move came after several meetings with the lawmaker over the years in which he says he tried to “help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing and the danger she is risking.” for his own soul. ”

And he said that in order for Ms. Pelosi to receive Communion at her dicoese home she has to “publicly repudiate her support of the ‘right’ to abortion and confess and receive acquittal.”

“Therefore, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), I hereby notify you that you must not appear for Holy Communion and, if you do, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time in which he publicly repudiates his defense of the legitimacy of abortion and confesses and receives absolution from this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance.” he said.

Pelosi met with Pope Francis last year, but the Vatican did not say whether the abortion issue was discussed.

The pope has said that “I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone,” but has also emphasized that the Catholic Church sees abortion as homicide and that anyone who does it “kills” a “human life.”

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