The leader of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, must be denied Catholic Communion because of her defense of abortion rights, the Archbishop of San Francisco ruled in a public letter on Friday.
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“You must not appear (receive) Holy Communion, and if that should happen, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion until you publicly reject your defense of the legality of abortion and confess this grave sin and receive absolution,” wrote US Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in his Thursday letter to the top Democratic official.
Citing the Church’s position on abortion, Bishop Cordileone said in his letter that he had threatened Nancy Pelosi, California’s decades-long elected official, back in April 2022 with the action unless she publicly denied the “right to abortion.”
The archbishop’s announcement comes as abortion rights in the United States are under threat from the Supreme Court, which appears poised to reverse course 50 years after its historic decision to protect abortion, according to a document released by Politico.
Shortly after the document was leaked in early May, Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senator Chair Chuck Schumer issued a joint press release stating that the Supreme Court’s possible decision would be “an abomination.”
They both warned: “If this information is correct, the Supreme Court is poised to impose the strongest curtailment of rights in fifty years — not just against women, but against all Americans.”
When asked by AFP, Nancy Pelosi’s services could not immediately respond.
Although supported by a majority of the population, according to recent polls, abortion rights have been paramount since the historic Roe v. Wade” of January 1973, protecting the right of American women to have an abortion.
The Archbishop also asks “all the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray for all of our elected officials, especially Catholic elected officials” who are campaigning for abortion rights, to change their minds “on this extremely serious matter.”