Should they accept Pelosi?
Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly taking Communion in D.C. on Sunday (May 22), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., accidentally emailed a reporter seeking comment on its position regarding the archbishop of San Francisco’s decision to bar Pelosi from receiving Communion because of her stance on abortion.
The email sent to the Washington Examiner said, “Just sharing for you to know what comes in,” adding, “Email since Saturday, when I last checked the comms inbox, has just been a couple of random people wanting to tell the Cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Aside from Jack Jenkins at RNS, this is the only media inquiry. It will be ignored, too.”
When the Washington Examiner followed up, a spokesperson acknowledged the email was sent in error.
“I apologize for the mistaken email,” the spokesperson responded.
“We have not been responding to inquiries on this topic because Cardinal [Wilton] Gregory’s position has not changed from what he has said in the past.”
The email went on to reiterate the Cardinal’s stance, stating, “Cardinal Gregory has no new comment about the issue of Catholic politicians receiving Communion,” adding, “The actions of Archbishop Cordileone are his decision to make in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Cardinal Gregory has not instructed the priests of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to refuse Communion to anyone.”