Nancy Pelosi no longer allows Catholic Communion

WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will no longer be able to take communion in his hometown of San Francisco after the local archdiocese said its vow to make Abortion legal crossed a line the catholic church could not ignore.

In an announcement he also tweetedArchbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told Pelosi that his unwavering support for abortion and his refusal to personally explain his position had forced his hand.

“After many attempts to speak with President Pelosi to help her understand the grave wrong she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger she is risking to her own soul, I have decided that she was not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” he said.

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Pelosi has been a strong advocate for abortion rights for decades. But his decision in September to present the prosecution with a bill making Roe v. Wade the law of the land after passing a Texas law effectively banning the termination of pregnancies beyond six weeks proved a bridge too far for his local archdiocese.

“Every woman, everywhere has the constitutional right to basic health care,” Pelosi said when the House vote was taken. The Texas law “is the most extreme and dangerous abortion ban in half a century, and its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for cases of rape and ‘incest. This prohibition requires codifying Roe v. Wade.”

The House controlled by the Democrats passed measure 219-210 almost entirely along party lines.

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The archbishop’s decision comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of abortion in the coming weeks. A leaked draft notice earlier this month reported that a majority of justices plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“His Holiness Pope Francis, in agreement with his predecessors, was also quite clear and emphatic in his teaching on the dignity of human life in the womb,” the archbishop wrote to Pelosi. “Know that I am ready to continue our conversation at any time and will continue to offer prayer and fasting for you,”

A request for comment from Pelosi’s office was not immediately returned.

The archbishop’s decision comes months after President Joe Biden, a Catholic who also supports abortion rights, said Pope Francis told him during a private meeting at the Vatican. may he continue to receive Communion.

Biden’s comments at the time raised doubts about the future of a move by some conservative bishops to punish politicians who support abortion rights.

Following a meeting at the Vatican in October, Biden told reporters that abortion, a topic on which he and the pope disagreed, was not discussed during their nearly 90-minute meeting. Instead, Biden said, “We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and that I should continue to receive communion.”

Advocacy groups’ reaction to the Archbishop of San Francisco’s decision was swift.

“For too long, Catholic officials have sown confusion and disunity by advocating policies that destroy innocent human life — in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic faith,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said in a statement. communicated. “The continued disobedience of these public officials is a source of enormous sadness and outrage that begged for a response.”

“Speaker Pelosi is dedicated to her Catholic faith, and I am mindful that as a woman she is being singled out in this ongoing battle,” said Jamie L. Manson, president of Catholics for Choice. “This is one more step in a long series of attacks that the hierarchy of the Church has carried out against women and their reproductive rights.”

contributing; Michael Collins

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