The Archbishop of San Francisco has officially barred Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion due to her support of abortion

May 20th

This has been a very, very long time coming:

In his letter, the archbishop wrote:

Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi's position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months. Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a "choice," this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis: "The very idea that they would be telling women the size, timing or whatever of their family, the personal nature of this is so appalling, and I say that as a devout Catholic"; "They say to me, β€˜Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.' Yes I do. Are you stupid?"

After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate[s] her support for abortion "rights" and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance. I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public.

There's going to be a lot of political uproar over this, so we should note here that this is not, properly construed, a mere administrative decision on the part of the archbishop. Whatever your feelings on the Catholic Church, its catechism bluntly lays out the principle that Archbishop Cordileone has thankfully made explicit in his own diocese:

Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," "by the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

This is a good start. Lets hope other bishops follow suit.


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