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Catholic bishop bars communion to Nancy Pelosi over abortion

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The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has ordered priests within the archdiocese to disclaim House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the sacrament of communion due to the California Democrat’s support for abortion rights.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s move to bar Pelosi from receiving the Eucharist in churches in her home district comes because the Supreme Court is predicted inside weeks to overturn the constitutional right to abortion embodied within the 49-year-old court decision Roe v. Wade.

The Roman Catholic Church opposes abortion, considering it a “grave sin.”

“After quite a few attempts to talk with Speaker Pelosi to assist her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I actually have determined that she shouldn’t be to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone wrote in a tweet.

Most Catholic bishops have been detest to disclaim communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Cordileone’s order applies only to priests in his diocese, to not priests elsewhere. Pelosi could still receive communion in a church outside San Francisco.

Cordileone notified Pelosi on Thursday that because she supports “legal abortion she shouldn’t be to present herself for Communion, and that ought to she achieve this, she shouldn’t be to be admitted,” the Catholic News Agency reported.

In a letter to priests within the archdiocese Friday, Cordileone wrote, “There are those that speak of such actions as I’m taking as ‘weaponizing’ the Eucharist.”

“Nevertheless, this is just application of Church teaching.  One would should show that an individual’s actions in following Church teaching is explicitly for a political purpose so as to justify the accusation of ‘weaponizing’ the Eucharist,” Cordileone wrote.

“I actually have been very clear all along, in each my words and my actions, that my motive is pastoral, not political,” he added.

Pelosi said last month that the controversy over her support for abortion rights “really gets me burned up in case you didn’t notice, because again I’m very Catholic, devout, practicing, all of that. They would love to throw me out. But I’m not going because I do not need to make their day.”

In a 2008 interview with C-SPAN, when asked about the potential for being denied communion due to her views, Pelosi said, “Fortunately … it has not been withheld and I’m an everyday communicant so that may be a severe blow to me if that were the case.”

CNBC has reached out to Pelosi’s office requesting comment on the archbishop’s announcement denying her communion.

Communion is a vital sacrament of Catholic practice. Worshippers receiving it during Mass as what’s believed to be the literal body of Jesus Christ. The sacrament emulates the words he spoke as he shared bread and wine together with his apostles on the supper the day before he was crucified.

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The Vatican last yr warned U.S. bishops against a move to disclaim communion to President Joe Biden, a Catholic who supports abortion rights.

Pope Francis, the leader of the Church, in September strongly implied that bishops and priests mustn’t deny communion to anyone.

“I actually have never refused the eucharist to anyone,” Francis said on the time.

“If we have a look at the history of the church, we are going to see that each time the bishops haven’t managed an issue as pastors, they’ve taken a political stance on a political problem,” the pope said.

“What must the pastor do?” Francis added. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning. Be a pastor, because he’s a pastor also for the excommunicated.”

U.S. bishops at their conference last fall didn’t pass a declaration that politicians who support abortion rights ought to be denied communion.

However the bishops did approve an announcement that said they’re responsible “to work to treatment situations that involve public actions at variance with the visible communion of the Church and the moral law.”

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