Nancy Pelosi speaks out after archbishop bars her from communion

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Samuel Case, FISM News


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out against San Diego Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to bar her from receiving communion over her pro-abortion stance, after taking communion regardless of his decision on Sunday.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Speaker Pelosi accused the archbishop of hypocrisy for punishing her over abortion, when he had not done so for politicians who support the death penalty.

“I wonder about the death penalty, which I am opposed to. So is the church, but they take no action against people who may not share their view,” Pelosi said. 

“We just have to be prayerful, and we have to be respectful,” She added. “I come from a largely pro-life Italian-American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views about that. But I don’t respect us foisting it onto others.” 

Pelosi then took aim at the archbishop himself, and seemingly suggested that he is acting unbiblically. 

The archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact, he led the way with an initiative on the ballot in California. This decision taking us to privacy and precedent is very dangerous in the lives of so many of the American people and not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew.

In that same interview Pelosi called the Gospel of Matthew the “agenda” of the Catholic Church, which she said is ““rejected by many who side with them on terminating a pregnancy.”

Pelosi’s reference to the Gospel of Matthew was prompted by host Joe Scarborough’s comments that Jesus “never once mentioned” abortion and instead “told his disciples in Matthew 25 that we would be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven if we gave water to the thirsty, fed the hungry, clothed the poor, and brought hope to the hopeless,” adding, “We were to lead with forgiveness and love.”

Cordileone told Pelosi last Friday:

You are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.

Regardless of these instructions, Politico Playbook reported Pelosi took communion on Sunday at Holy Trinity in Georgetown, a neighborhood in Washington D.C. 

Last year Cordileone called for Catholics to pray and fast for Pelosi to have a change of heart concerning abortion.