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Archbishop of San Francisco defies Pope’s advice by banning Pelosi from receiving Communion

The Archbishop of San Francisco has defied the Pope’s advice by banning Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion because of her support for abortion rights.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced the action against the Speaker of the House, a longtime Catholic, after her vote in Congress to codify Roe vs. Wade amid controversy in the Supreme Court.

Pope Francis told Joe Biden he was a ‘good Catholic’ in a private meeting last year, and told bishops who wanted to ban pro-abortion politicians from taking Communion that they should make “pastoral” and not political decisions.

“Unfortunately, President Pelosi’s stance on abortion has only become more extreme over the years, particularly in recent months,” Bishop Cordileone said in a statement Friday.

“Just at the start of this month, she again, as she has done many times before, explicitly elevated her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice,’ this time explicitly opposing the Pope. Francis.”

The Supreme Court’s recent leaked draft suggests right-wing justices are set to overturn Roe versus Wade, drawing much criticism from Democrats and the President himself.

The Archbishop said the decision came after several meetings with the lawmaker over the years in which he tried to “help her understand the grave evil she is doing, the scandal she is causing and the danger that she is risking for her own soul.”

And he said that in order for Ms Pelosi to receive communion in her home diocese, she must “publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution”.

“Therefore, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned about all the faithful Christians entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication, I hereby notify you that you must not attend Holy Communion and, if you do, you will not be not admitted to Holy Communion, until you publicly repudiate your plea for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution for 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 topic of abortion was discussed.

The Pope said “I have never refused the Eucharist to anyone”, but also pointed out that the Catholic Church considers abortion a homicide and that anyone who suffers one “kills” a “human life “.

The Independent Gt

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