The Washington Post reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has now been barred from receiving Holy Communion in at least four dioceses.
This whole situation started with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone barring Pelosi from receiving Communion in his diocese because of Pelosi’s continuing support of abortion.
The basic issue is that Pelosi’s political support of abortion goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church, which she claims to be a part of.
The first barring
According to Cordileone, he gave Pelosi two options: to either give up her advocacy for abortion or to forgo the ability to receive Holy Communion.
Pelosi refused to do the former, so Cordileone responded by barring her from receiving Holy Communion.
“. . . I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordioleone wrote.
Other dioceses follow suit
Since Pelosi’s initial ban, at least three other bishops have followed Cordileone’s lead.
The three other bishops are Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, California, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, and Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.
Vesa put out a statement explaining his decision, saying, “I have visited with the pastor at St. Helena and informed him that if the Archbishop prohibited someone from receiving Holy Communion then that restriction followed the person and that the pastor was not free to ignore it.”
Pelosi has offered a rather unconvincing response to Cordileone’s decision to ban her. What she did was question why Cordileone hasn’t, for example, also barred politicians who support the death penalty from receiving communion.
What Pelosi has not been able to answer is why she continues to support abortion if she is a Catholic, or, better yet, why she continues to call herself a Catholic if she doesn’t agree with its teaching that abortion is a sin.
Despite being barred in some dioceses, Pelosi continues to receive Communion in others.