SF Archbishop Says Pelosi Will Be Denied Communion Over Abortion Rights

WASHINGTON — The Archbishop of San Francisco issued a notice Friday saying he would no longer allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion, an escalation of his feud with the Catholic Democrat over abortion policy.

In a public notification to Pelosi, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote that he had warned Pelosi in April that she should either repudiate her support for abortion rights or not refer to her Catholicism to justify them, and that Pelosi refused to meet him.

“As you have not publicly denied your position on abortion and continue to refer to your Catholic faith to justify your position and receive Holy Communion, that time has now come,” Cordileone wrote. “Therefore, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all the faithful Christians entrusted to [my] care’ … I hereby notify you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, if you do, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until you publicly reject your plea for the legitimacy of abortion and to confess and receive absolution for this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance.

Pelosi dismissed Cordileone’s attacks in the past, including last fall, saying they had a “disagreement” on the abortion issue.

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