San Francisco Archbishop Suggests Pelosi, Biden Be Denied Communion


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hometown bishop is taking a not-so-subtle jab at her and President Biden’s abortion advocacy, arguing that self-identified Catholics should refrain from publicly promoting the practice or face potential exclusion from Holy Communion.

“If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a pastoral letter released Saturday.

While he doesn’t mention Pelosi, D-Calif., or Biden by name, the archbishop’s comments come as scrutiny has intensified surrounding the president’s stance on the issue.

Both Biden and Pelosi have repeatedly pushed expanded abortion access while claiming to be devout Catholics — a contradiction, according to both catechism and Cordileone’s statement.

The Catholic Church has long taught that members who are conscious of committing grave sin should not receive the sacrament of Holy Communion until after obtaining absolution through confession. In his letter, Cordileone argues that by participating in “moral evil,” public figures who support abortion may need to be excluded from communion.

“Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion,” he said.

“…this discipline has been exercised throughout our history, going back to the New Testament. When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse a pastor has left is the public medicine of temporary exclusion from the Lord’s Table. This is a bitter medicine, but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it.”

He added: “[P]lease stop pretending that advocating for or practicing a grave moral evil—one that snuffs out an innocent human life, one that denies a fundamental human right—is somehow compatible with the Catholic faith.”

“It is not. Please return home to the… (Read more)

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