San Francisco: Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone has barred US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion because of her advocacy of abortion.
Cordileone has notified Pelosi that because of her support for legal abortion she is not to present herself for Communion, and that should she do so, she is not to be admitted.
In a letter addressed to priests of the archdiocese, Cordileone explained that his instruction is nothing but the application of the Church’s teaching.
“I have been very clear all along, in both my words and my actions, that my motive is pastoral, not political,” he said.
Cordileone explained to his priests that since September 2021, he has made several attempts to have a dialogue with Pelosi about her support for legal abortion but his efforts yielded no result.
Cordileone’s instruction applies only within the San Francisco Archdiocese.