Pelosi Responds After SF Archbishop Denied Communion Over Abortion

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, responded Tuesday after the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco decided to deny her communion because of her support for abortion access in the United States.

Pelosi, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said she comes from a large family, some of whom oppose abortion.

“I respect people’s opinions on this. But I don’t respect the fact that we impose it on others. said Pelosi.

She also noted, “I wonder about the death penalty, which I oppose. The same goes for the church, but it takes no action against people who may not share its view.

“We just have to pray,” Pelosi said. “We have to be respectful.”

Last week, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone informed Pelosi and announced his decision to refuse his communion.

“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 decided in September to introduce a bill in the House that would make the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade the law of the land. The House passed the legislation almost along party lines, but it was stalled in the Senate.

Cordileone, in last week’s announcement, said Pelosi, who has supported abortion access for decades, said she “should not be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until that she publicly repudiates her support for abortion ‘rights’, confesses and receives absolution.”

His announcement came after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that argues for overturning its decision in Roe v. Wade, who established a constitutional right to abortion. The draft was published by Politico earlier this month.

Catholic bishops can decide in their own diocese whether communion should be refused to anyone. The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, said President Joe Biden could receive the sacrament in the area.

In October, Biden told reporters that Pope Francis, in a private meeting, told him he should continue to receive Communion. Some conservative bishops have called for communion to be denied to Biden and other politicians who support abortion rights.

Contributor: Associated Press, Ledyard King

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