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SF Archbishop Denies Lifelong Catholic Nancy Pelosi Holy Communion Over Pro-Choice Stance

SF Archbishop Denies Lifelong Catholic Nancy Pelosi Holy Communion Over Pro-Choice Stance

The Archbishop of San Francisco issued a notice on Friday that he would no longer allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to receive Communion, an escalation of his longstanding feud with the devout Catholic Democrat over abortion politics.

In a public notification to Pelosi, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote that he had “warned” Speaker Pelosi in April that she must either revoke her support of abortion rights or not refer to her Catholicism in justifying them, complaining that the Speaker had declined to meet with him. “As you have not publically 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,” Cordileone wrote.

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The Archbishop’s letter continues: “Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care’ … 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.”

Speaker Pelosi, an avowed Catholic, has long been a supporter of abortion rights and oversaw the vote that would codify abortion protections into federal law which failed to advance in the Senate due to obstruction from within her own party. The Speaker has brushed off the Archbishop’s criticisms in the past, saying last fall, “I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”


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