I, uh, I think Nancy Pelosi might be just a little confused as to how episcopal authority works in the Catholic Church:
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly took communion at a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., Sunday and spoke out Tuesday after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco barred her from receiving communion in the California city.
Two days after receiving communion at a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., Pelosi appeared as a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to question Cordileone barring her from receiving communion over her stance on abortion.
It is worth it to pause here a moment and note that Nancy Pelosi is, technically speaking, free to obtain Communion if she wishes to do so. It will be, sadly, pretty easy to find a priest willing to administer the sacrament to her in defiance of the archbishop.
Yet that does not change the conditions around her reception of Communion, conditions that Cordileone has made explicit: She is, in the Church's eyes, committing a mortal sin by doing so. That's just the way it is.
Pelosi, meanwhile, attempted to do some ecclesiastical damage control on MSNBC:
She wondered why the archbishop hadn't taken similar stances on other issues that violate church teachings, like banning politicians who support the death penalty from receiving communion.
"I wonder about the death penalty, which I am opposed to," Pelosi, 82, said. "So is the church, but they take no action against people who may not share their view."
Yeah that's not how it works, Madame Speaker. The bishop said you can't receive Communion. This isn't a negotiation. It's final.
Let's hope and pray the speaker sees the error of her ways, renounces abortion, and repents.
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