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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi barred from Catholic communion over abortion stance

Politics May 20, 2022 06:11PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

By Brad Brooks

(Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can no longer take communion because she supports abortion rights and also publicly invokes her Catholic faith, the archbishop of San Francisco said in a letter released on Friday.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in an open letter addressed to Pelosi and in another directed toward the faithful that "Pelosi's position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months."

Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The archbishop's decision comes after the leak earlier this month of a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the top court would strike down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Cordileone said Pelosi had not responded to his requests to meet in the months since she pledged to codify abortion protections in federal law after lawmakers in conservative states passed near total-bans on abortions at the state level.

The archbishop said he sent Pelosi a private letter in April, warning that he would bar her from communion unless she publicly repudiated her support for abortion rights or stopped referring to her Catholic faith in public.

Cordileone highlighted comments Pelosi made to the Seattle Times editorial board this month, citing her Catholic faith and support for abortion rights, then said: "They say to me, 'Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.' Yes I do. Are you stupid?"

In his letter to the faithful, Cordileone wrote that "my action here is purely pastoral, not political."

"Speaker Pelosi remains our sister in Christ," the archbishop wrote. "Her advocacy for the care of the poor and vulnerable elicits my admiration."

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi barred from Catholic communion over abortion stance
 

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gab nea
gab nea May 22, 2022 10:04PM ET
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the church, sorry I mean the child molesters , have no standing on moral issues and should stay out of politics or give up your tax exempt status. in other words the word church and Pelosi shouldn't go together, similarly the words trump and the bible.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA May 22, 2022 5:03PM ET
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Pelosi is mentioned, the extreme right-wing snowflakes will get triggered and show it as usual
Pwr Strk
Pwr Strk May 22, 2022 1:44PM ET
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as if she cares
gab nea
gab nea May 22, 2022 7:12AM ET
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Christian's? we need the church to pray to our god, ********no. for the church allowed the molestation of our boys. big downfall, especially the evangelicals, please! they are too political for me.
gab nea
gab nea May 22, 2022 7:12AM ET
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hell no!
Al Ose
Al Ose May 20, 2022 10:17PM ET
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Man made religion os hilarious
John McKeachnie
John McKeachnie May 20, 2022 9:24PM ET
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Nancy outta be banned from any public forum, hopefully she goes away in Nov!!
Gerald Minster Jr
Gerald Minster Jr May 20, 2022 9:24PM ET
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Yes her, Warren, and another 80% of other democratics or should we call them socialists.
Santosh Oak
Santosh Oak May 20, 2022 9:24PM ET
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Socialists? No sir, They are commies, like Xi.
taylor jason
taylor jason May 20, 2022 8:22PM ET
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people still go to church?
Rubber Necker
Rubber Necker May 20, 2022 7:26PM ET
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All those liberals are freaks of satan
John Laurens
John Laurens May 20, 2022 7:17PM ET
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Disgusting HYPOCRITE!
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub May 20, 2022 6:47PM ET
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faith and loving mankind is in the peoples mind and heart and does not depend on an old man's opinion of a church that has proven over thousand years that it doesn't care about piece of mind and happiness of its followers. sad.
carol ruszin
carol ruszin May 20, 2022 6:47PM ET
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The Catholic church does not have the right to tell woman what they can and cannot do with their body The pedophiles in that church is disgusting. The Catholic church is lucky to have any followers.
Edward Chong
Edward Chong May 20, 2022 6:47PM ET
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haha u will be a public enemy soon.
 
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