The Catholic Church has spoken.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been barred from receiving Holy Communion by the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, for her views about abortion.
Discussing the contents of the letter he sent to Pelosi notifying her of the decision, Cordileone said he had already asked Pelosi to “publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion.”
However, after Pelosi failed to heed the archbishop’s instruction, he followed through with the notice, stating since Pelosi had not “publicly repudiated your position on abortion and continue to refer to your Catholic faith in justifying your position and to receive Holy Communion, that time has come.”
He then notified Pelosi that she would be unable to present herself for Holy Communion, and if she attempted to do so, she would not be admitted to receive Holy Communion “until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin.”
Cordileone also wrote that “Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months.”
Pointing to a quote Pelosi made in Seattle Times — where she acknowledged being a “devout Catholic” and called the idea that she didn’t know more about babies than the pope “stupid” — stating that she “explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice.’