The Roman Catholic archbishop of Nancy Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco banned her from receiving communion there because of her steadfast support for abortion rights, which she reinforced as judges in the Supreme Court are weighing in on finalizing a draft ruling banning pregnancy termination in more than half of the counties.
In a letter to the Speaker of the United States House and posted on his Twitter account, ultra-conservative Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone argued that “Pelosi’s stance on abortion has only become more extreme over the years, especially in recent months,” and he had decided to block it. of communion after she ignored his demands for an explanation of her position to him.
Cordileone – the archbishop of San Francisco since 2012 – accused Pelosi of not “understanding the grave harm she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger to her own soul that she is risking”. He said he should stop her from receiving Communion until she “publicly denies her support for abortion”.
“Know that I find no pleasure in fulfilling my pastoral duty here,” Cordileone added in his letter, which he said served as public notice of his decision to Bay Area Catholics.
The missive praised Pelosi for ‘her advocacy for caring for the poor and vulnerable’, said the decision was apolitical and called the longtime Democratic congresswoman a ‘sister in Christ’, but she also called out the president of the House to confess and repent.
Pelosi, who has often mentioned his faith in Catholicism, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Cordileone.
Cordileone’s letter comes after a May 2 leaked draft ruling that showed the conservative Supreme Court majority was prepared to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion nationwide.
Abortion would be banned in 26 states if Roe v Wade is overturned.
Although the conservatives celebrated the leak, the liberals protested strongly, including by staging demonstrations in the streets.
Pelosi has been at the forefront of objections, including appearing on CNN last week and calling the current Supreme Court makeup “dangerous to families and freedoms in our country.”
During that interview, Pelosi predicted that the Supreme Court would also seek to ban contraception and same-sex marriage if Roe v Wade were to fall, which the Speaker of the House said would be “an abomination, one worst and most damaging decisions in modern history. ”
“Understand that,” Pelosi said. “It’s not just about terminating a pregnancy.”
Politically, Catholic Democrats who support abortion rights often draw criticism from other members of their religion. A prominent Catholic Democrat who opposes abortion is Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, although he has also pledged to veto legislation that would criminalize abortion.
Cordileone has built its reputation on its outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. He has previously said that many of his views are actually quite similar to those of Pope Francis, although Cordileone has posited that the world leader of Catholicism might just be better at communicating them.
Last year, Francis told Joe Biden to continue receiving communion as conservatives pushed for the Democratic US president to be denied the sacrament over his support for abortion rights.