'Grave Sin': Nancy Pelosi Barred from Receiving Communion Over Abortion Stance

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Posted: May 20, 2022 4:30 PM
'Grave Sin': Nancy Pelosi Barred from Receiving Communion Over Abortion Stance

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The San Francisco Archbishop in Nancy Pelosi's home district has barred the Speaker of the House from receiving communion in light of her pro-abortion stance — one that was reflected in her work to pass the falsely named "Women's Health Protection Act" that would have expanded a concocted "right" to abortion far beyond what Roe allowed and what a majority of Americans support.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone made the announcement of the decision on Friday in a written message to Speaker Pelosi that has since been published on the San Francisco Archdiocese's website. It's pretty clear what the Catholic Church believes regarding life and when it begins and the "grave sin" Pelosi is committing with her public support for abortion which she justifies through her proclaimed Catholic faith [emphasis mine]:

The Second Vatican Council, in its decree on the Church in the Modern World, Guadium et spes, reiterated the Church's ancient and consistent teaching that "from the first moment of conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable cirmes" (n. 51) Christians have, indeed, alwaus upheld the dignity of human life in every stage, especially the most vulnerable, beginning with life in the womb. His Holiness, Pope Francis, in keeping with his predecessors, has likewise been quite clear and emphatic in teaching on the dignity of human life in the womb.

This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in how they live their lives, especially those entrusted with promoting and protecting the public good of society. Pope St. John Paul II was also quite consistent in upholding this constant teaching of the Church, and frequently reminded us that "those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a 'grave and clear obligation to oppose' any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them" (cf. Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life [November 24, 2002], n. 4, §1). A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons "are not to be admitted to Holy Communion" (Code of Canon Law, can. 915).

With regard to the application of these principles to Catholics in political life, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to the U.S. bishops in 2004 explaining the approach to be taken:

... when a person's formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him about the Church's teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist. When 'these precautionary measures have not had their effect...,' and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, 'the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.'

In striving to follow this direction, I am grateful to you for the time you have given me in the past to speak about these matters. Unfortunately, I have not received such an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed to codify the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in federal law following upon passage of Texas Senate Bill 8 last September. That is why I communicated my concerns to you via letter on April 7, 2022, and informed you there that, should you not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion "rights" or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.

As you have not publiclly 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 now come. Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be "concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care" (Code of Canon Law, can. 383 §1), by means of this communication I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance. 

Please know that I stand ready to continue our conversation at any time, and will continue to offer up prayer and fasting for you. 

I also ask all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray for all of our legislators, especially Catholic legislators who promote procured abortion, that with the help and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they may undergo a conversion of heart in this most grave matter and human life may be protected and fostered in every stage and condition of life. 

In March of this year, Pelosi said in public remarks about abortion that "[t]his really gets me burned up in case you didn't notice because again I'm very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out," she said, "but I'm not going because I don't want to make their day." 

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Well, now that day has apparently come, at least insofar as it applies to Pelosi's ability to receive Holy Communion while at home in San Francisco. As the letter from the Archbishop outlines, the Church in her home district has apparently tried to meet with her about her stance on abortion — again one that is far outside of Catholic teaching, what Roe v. Wade allowed, and even what a majority of Americans support. 

Last May, Archbishop Cordileone warned that prominent Catholics who continue to support abortion — and even worse use their Catholic faith to justify their stance — ought to be denied Holy Communion. "This is a bitter medicine," Cordileone said of denying Catholics the Sacrament, "but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it."