Nancy Pelosi Attacks Catholic Bishop Who Denied Her Communion: ‘They’re Trying To Undo So Much’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday attacked the Catholic archbishop who banned her from receiving Holy Communion in her home territory.

What is the background?

Last Friday, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced that he had banned Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her increasingly “extreme” stance on abortion.

The Catholic Church is staunchly anti-life, so supporting abortion is against Church teaching. The Catholic Church also holds that Holy Communion, one of the most important sacraments of the Church, is reserved for baptized members. Members guilty of a “grave sin” (including abortion) are instructed to abstain from taking Communion until they have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

What did Pelosi say?

During an interview on MSNBC, Pelosi parroted pro-abortion (and political, not theological) talking points and hinted that Cordileone is another person who wants to crack down on women’s rights.

“This isn’t just about abortion. So the same people are against contraception, family planning, IVF — it’s a blanket thing, and they’re using abortion as a frontman for it while they’re trying to undo so much,” Pelosi claimed.

The California Democrat then tried to pin the archbishop in hypocrisy about the death penalty.

“I wonder about the death penalty, which I oppose. The church does too, but it doesn’t take action against people who may not share their view,” she said.

Eventually, she knocked on Cordileone for speaking out against “LGBTQ rights.” The Catholic Church, of course, is against gay marriage.

“Our archbishop has also been vehemently opposed to LGBTQ rights. In fact, he’s been leading some of the initiatives — a voting initiative in California,” she said. “This decision, leading us to privacy and precedent, is very dangerous in the lives of so many Americans and is not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.”

Pelosi: The far right is using abortion as a cover for other things they want to achieve

What did Pope Francis say?

Pope Francis stated this last September Participation in Holy Communion is reserved for Catholics “in the congregation”, but pro-abortion politicians are “outside the congregation”. Nancy Pelosi Attacks Catholic Bishop Who Denied Her Communion: ‘They’re Trying To Undo So Much’

Laura Coffey

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