House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to San Francisco’s conservative Catholic Archbishop, who has denied her Holy Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others.
The California Democrat pushed back against the church on Tuesday, saying she comes from a large and devout Catholic family with many members who oppose abortion. “I respect people’s views about that. But I don’t respect us foisting it onto others,” Speaker Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”. “Our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact, he led the way in an initiative on the ballot in California.”
In a letter last week to Speaker Pelosi, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he would refuse her Communion after she vowed to codify into law the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. That legislation passed the House but died last week in the Senate.
Pope Francis told President Biden he could receive communion. Why is an Archdiocese in California refusing the same for @SpeakerPelosi ?
— 🌏🌊 💙💛🌻 Jayne Marie (@SOCALRE4U) May 22, 2022
Speaker Pelosi said women and families need to know this is about more than abortion. “These same people are against contraception, family planning, in vitro fertilization. It’s a blanket thing and they use abortion as the frontman for it.”
Cordileone has said he told Speaker Pelosi that she “must either repudiate her support of abortion rights or stop speaking publicly about her Catholic faith”. In a separate letter to church members, he said he had asked several times to meet with Speaker Pelosi but that her office didn’t respond or told him she was busy.
I have a serious question for clergy refusing communion for Nancy Pelosi and Biden. Are you still giving communion to members in your ranks who sexually abused children or covered up that abuse?
— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) May 24, 2022
No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois, who has been denied Communion for years by his Springfield, Illinois, diocese due to his abortion-rights views, voiced his support Tuesday for Speaker Pelosi. “I still believe that the authorities in the church believe that we have issues that can only be decided by our own conscience and not by some bishop’s conference,” Durbin told reporters.
@SenatorDurbin asked about @SpeakerPelosi not being allowed to receive communion. He too was barred by his Bishop years ago in Springfield, Illinois. He says, It is a personal decision, and still believes it shouldn't be left up to Bishops. @EWTNNewsNightly & @ErikRosalesNews pic.twitter.com/AnVgjwcliZ
— Erik Rosales (@ErikRosalesNews) May 24, 2022