House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the announcement on Tuesday that the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco is no longer able to receive Communion because of his stance on abortion. She pointed out that the Catholic Church did not reject communion with members who support the death penalty. It is also a violation of the catechism of the Church.
“I’m curious about the death penalty I’m against,” Pelosi told MSNBC on Tuesday morning. “So does the Church. But they do nothing against those who do not share their views. … So we just have to pray prayerfully. We have to respect it. I come from an American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views on it, but I don’t respect our forcing it on others. Now our Archbishop has been fiercely opposed to LGBTQ rights, and in fact he “We’ve led some initiatives like The California Vote, so this decision that leads us to privacy and precedent is very dangerous for the lives of many Americans.”
Pelosi’s interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday revealed that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told Pelosi from San Francisco that sheThat’s because she hasn’t withdrawn her efforts to have an abortion procedure.
Cordileone wrote on Friday that his “many requests” for talks with Pelosi have not been accommodated since.by law. The Archbishop said on 7 April that Pelosi said he would be forced to refuse her communion unless she publicly denied her “defense of the ‘right’ of abortion, or refrained from publicly speaking out about her beliefs.
“The time has come,” the Archbishop wrote, “because he does not openly deny his position on abortion, but continues to refer to the Catholic faith in justifying his position and in communion.”
“Therefore, in the light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco, [my] nurture’ … This communication informs me that I must not present myself to sacrament meeting, in which case I will not be able to attend sacrament meeting until I publicly deny it. We defend the legality of abortion and, through the sacrament of Confession, confess and apologize for this grave sin.”