Friday, May 20, 2022

Holy moly — the archbishop of San Francisco bars Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion over abortion advocacy

“I must make a public declaration that [Pelosi] is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance. I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public,” Cordileone wrote in a letter released Friday.
This is from The Pillar where you may read more and where there is a link to Cordileone's letter to Pelosi.

In reference to those wondering about denying Communion, The Pillar adds this context:
In 2004, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger explained to U.S. bishops that:
Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, 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, instructing 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 or in which they were not possible,’ 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.’”

This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person's subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person's public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.
Essentially, though it probably doesn't  feel that way at this moment, this is Nancy Pelosi's opportunity to deeply examine her faith and whether she truly believes that very faith which she so often professes publicly. It is also a way to stop her creating confusion and scandal about Catholic teachings.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It's not politics. It's combatting the gross misrepresentation she so boldly makes to the world about the Catholic faith. I don't wish her ill. Although I do pray she reflects and aligns herself with the teachings of the Church, she should at least stop falsely claiming who she is in faith when her words and actions are in blatant contradiction.