DC Archdiocese silent on Pelosi communion ban, email says media requests ‘will be ignored’

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., mistakenly sent a reporter seeking comment on its position regarding the Archbishop of San Francisco’s decision to bar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, from receiving Holy Communion because of his stance on abortion after Pelosi allegedly took Communion in DC on Sunday.

When The Washington Examiner contacted the archdiocese for comment, the outlet received an email stating that media inquiries on the subject “will be ignored.”

“I’m just sharing so you know what’s happening,” the email read. “The emails since Saturday when I last checked the comms inbox were just a few random people wanting to tell the Cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Other than Jack Jenkins of the RNS , this is the only new media investigation to be ignored as well.”

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After the reviewer’s follow-up, a spokesperson acknowledged that the email was sent in error.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. On Monday, Pelosi announced that proxy voting would remain in place for House members until at least May 14.
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“I apologize for the wrong email,” the spokesperson replied. “We did not respond to inquiries on this subject because Cardinal [Wilton] Gregory’s position has not changed from what he has said in the past.”

“Cardinal Gregory has no further comment on the issue of Catholic politicians receiving Communion,” the follow-up email to the reviewer said. “Archbishop Cordileone’s actions are his decision in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Cardinal Gregory did not instruct the priests of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to deny communion to anyone.”

Gregory largely dodged the question of whether to give communion to pro-choice politicians in an interview with Crux Now in September 2021. He said the bishops are “not there as policemen, we are there as as pastors, and as pastors, we certainly have to teach the faith of the Church, we have to be faithful to the heritage of faith of the Church, but we also have to bring people with us. It’s not just about pointing out their mistakes.

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that he would bar Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion because of his stance on abortion. Cordileone clarified that her decision had “nothing to do” with the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would overrule Roe v. Wade, but rather with Pelosi’s “advocacy to codify the Roe decision in federal law – it’s getting more and more extreme and more and more aggressive.”

The archbishop insisted he was following the advice of Pope Benedict XVI – who sent a letter to bishops about it in 2004 when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith .

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Nancy Pelosi would be barred from Holy Communion, due to her stance on abortion.
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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Nancy Pelosi would be barred from Holy Communion, due to her stance on abortion.
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“He gave us advice on how to approach this, especially with politicians, Catholic politicians, and especially on the two issues of abortion and euthanasia,” Cordileone said. “He said that we have to meet, have a dialogue, try to move them forward on the path of conversion. And if after several attempts it comes to the point where it is clear [that] it won’t happen, so the bishop or the pastor, [Ratzinger] said, is to declare that the person should not be admitted to Holy Communion.”

The Archbishop defended his decision to make the decision public saying, “If she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion, our Priests and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, all who are ministers of Communion should know. “

Despite Cordileone’s clear statement, Pelosi received Holy Communion during the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity in Georgetown, Politico Playbook reported.

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The editorial board of the San Francisco Examiner urged Pope Francis will abolish Cordileone for his decision to ban Pelosi from communion. The editorial board lambasted the archbishop for ‘punishing’ Pelosi, instead of ‘right-wing politicians’ who ‘[vote] against health care or financing the poor.”

“Cordileone’s primary loyalty is not to Christ, but to the cabal of far-right American bishops led by Raymond Leo Burke, a Catholic prelate who has waged an ongoing campaign to undermine the authority of Pope Francis,” they wrote, before demanding that the pope remove San Francisco’s “radical conservative”.

Security fencing is in place outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Saturday, May 14, 2022, ahead of expected abortion rights rallies later in the day.

Security fencing is in place outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Saturday, May 14, 2022, ahead of expected abortion rights rallies later in the day.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

the Catechism of the Catholic Church is unambiguous on the issue of abortion, both to procure one and to aid its practice: “From the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of any procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchanged.

“Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave fault,” states the catechism. “The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.”

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Democrats have backed abortion wholeheartedly following the leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the project that overthrew Roe. Although Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed that the draft is authentic, it dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the Court.

activists Roman Catholic churches targeted for Mother’s Day events.

Vandalism on the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

Vandalism on the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
(Marc Hass)

The vandals too targeted a church in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this month, spray-paint “ban our bodies” and “my body my choice” on the building.

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Protesters also picketed Pelosi’s homedespite his 100% rating with pro-choice activist group NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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