Three More Catholic Bishops Ban Pelosi From Holy Communion

Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker and a California Representative, has been barred from receiving Holy Communion in additional Catholic dioceses.

Since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco forbade the Speaker from taking Holy Communion in his diocese, he has been joined by three other bishops.

According to The National Catholic Reporter, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Santa Rosa Diocese, which borders San Francisco, has barred her from receiving Holy Communion.

“I spoke with the pastor at St Helena and informed him that if the Archbishop forbade someone from taking Holy Communion, the prohibition followed the person and the pastor was not free to disregard it,” he added.

Archbishop Cordileone and Bishop Robert Vasa were joined by Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, and Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

According to Fox News, it all started a week ago when Archbishop Cordileone said that the House Speaker would be barred from receiving Holy Communion because of her pro-choice attitude on abortion.

Abortion is strictly prohibited in the Catholic church, although several Catholic Democrats, such as Pelosi and President Joe Biden, have advocated for abortion rights.

The Archbishop told Speaker Pelosi in a letter that she should not attempt to take Holy Communion and that if she does, priests will deny her.

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“In its Decree on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council reaffirmed the Church’s historic and constant teaching that “life must be guarded with the greatest care from the time of conception, while abortion and infanticide are heinous crimes.” Beginning with life in the womb, Christians have always maintained the dignity of human life at every stage, especially the most vulnerable. In keeping with his predecessors, His Holiness, Pope Francis, has been exceedingly explicit and emphatic in teaching on the dignity of human life in the womb,” he wrote in the letter.

“This fundamental moral truth has ramifications for Catholics in their daily lives, particularly those entrusted with promoting and defending society’s public good.” Pope St. John Paul II was also a firm believer in preserving the Church’s continual teaching, reminding us that “those who are actively involved in lawmaking bodies have a ‘grave and unambiguous obligation to resist’ any law that threatens human life.” It is impossible for them, as it is for every Catholic, to support or vote for such laws” (cf. Doctrinal Note on Some Issues Concerning Catholics’ Political Participation [November 24, 2002], n. 4, 1).After learning the Church’s doctrine, a Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion commits a plainly grievous sin that causes great embarrassment to others. As a result, global Church law states that such individuals “are not to be admitted to Holy Communion” (Code of Canon Law, can. 915),” according to the Archbishop.

“I am grateful to you for the time you have given me in the past to speak about these issues as I strive to follow this course.” Unfortunately, despite my several requests to talk with you again since you pledged to enshrine the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in federal law following the approval of Texas Senate Bill 8 last September, I have not received such an accommodation.

That is why, on April 7, 2022, I wrote you a letter informing you that, if you do not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I will have no choice but to declare, in accordance with canon 915, that you will not be admitted to Holy Communion,” he said.

“Because you have not openly denounced your abortion attitude and continue to use your Catholic faith to explain your position and take Holy Communion, that moment has arrived.” As a result, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to be “concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, 1). I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion, and if you do, you will not be admitted to Holy Communion, until you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive Holy Communion.