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Archbishop of San Francisco’s Ban on Pelosi Communion Over Abortion Rights Support Draws Backlash

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a weekly press conference.Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

  • After a San Francisco archbishop banned Pelosi from receiving communion, the response from advocacy groups was swift.

  • Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote that Pelosi must “publicly repudiate” his support for the proceedings.

  • The Catholic Church has been unwavering in its opposition to abortion, which it considers a “grave sin”.

After a conservative archbishop of San Francisco told priests in the local archdiocese to bar Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from receiving communion because of her support for abortion rights, the backlash from groups of defense was quick.

Jamie L. Manson, president of Catholics for Choice — a nonprofit that lobbies for reproductive freedom — denounced the decision as being rooted against reproductive rights.

“Speaker Pelosi is dedicated to her Catholic faith, and I do not lose sight that as a woman she is singled out in this ongoing battle,” she said in a statement. “This is one more step in a long series of attacks that the Church hierarchy has carried out against women and their reproductive rights.”

In a letter released Friday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote that until the California Democrat seeks to “publicly repudiate” her stance on the “legitimacy of abortion,” she would be blocked from the Sacrament of Holy Communion, a fundamental rite of Catholic worship.

“…Through this communication, I hereby notify you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, if you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until that you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution for this grave sin in the sacrament of penance,” the letter reads.

Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Cordileone on Friday too tweeted that Pelosi “risks” “danger to his own soul” by supporting abortion.

“After many attempts to speak with President Pelosi to help her understand the grave wrong she is doing, the outrage she is causing… [and] the danger she faces for her soul, I have decided that she should not be admitted to Holy Communion,” he said.

Brian Burch, the president of the conservative advocacy group CatholicVote, welcomed the Archbishop’s decision.

“For too long, Catholic officials have sown confusion and disunity by advocating policies that destroy innocent human life – in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic faith,” he said in a statement. “The continued disobedience of these public officials is a source of enormous sadness and outrage that begged for a response.”

He added: “The Church has no choice but to protect itself and to encourage all its members to live in communion with its teachings.”

Cordileone’s action comes as the nation grapples with the fallout from a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, which suggested the nearly 50-year-old ruling legalizing the right to abortion would soon be cancelled.

Pelosi — a lifelong Catholic who has spoken openly about how her faith has shaped her worldview — said in a 2008 interview on C-SPAN that being denied communion would be a tough proposition for her.

“Luckily…it didn’t make the cut and I’m a regular communicator so it would be a huge blow to me if that were the case,” she said at the time.

The Catholic Church has been unwavering in its opposition to abortion, which it considers a “grave sin”.

The Vatican has not been warm to the idea of ​​Church leaders denying Communion to politicians because of their stance on abortion rights.

Pope Francis said last June that Communion “is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners.”

However, many conservative bishops have moved on, while amplifying their frustration with President Joe Biden — the nation’s second Catholic president — over his stance on abortion rights.

Biden at one time supported the Hyde Amendment, but reversed course during the 2020 presidential campaign.

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