Archbishop of California says Pelosi and Biden shouldn’t have Communion
An Archbishop in the hometown of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is speaking this week to suggest that she and President Joe Biden should be denied Communion.
The archbishop rings the bell
“If you find that you do not want or cannot give up your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” Bishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a pastoral letter over the weekend, according to Fox news.
While he didn’t mention Pelosi and Biden by name, it comes as more and more scrutiny of their respective positions on this issue. Each of them has often pushed for expanded access to abortion while claiming to be pious Catholics, which is a contradiction, both according to the catechism and Cordileone’s statement.
The Catholic Church has long said that members who are aware of committing a serious sin should only receive the sacrament of Holy Communion after obtaining absolution through confession.
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The double archbishop
“Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from receiving Holy Communion,” the Archbishop said.
“… This discipline has been exercised throughout our history, since the New Testament,” he added. “When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse left to a pastor is public medicine, temporarily excluded from the Lord’s Table. It is a bitter medicine, but the severity of the harm of the abortion can sometimes justify it.
“[P]Stop pretending that advocating or practicing serious moral evil – one that extinguishes innocent human life, that denies a basic human right – is somehow compatible with the Catholic faith, ”Cordileone continued.
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“It is not,” he said. “Please return home in the fullness of your Catholic faith. We are waiting for you with open arms to welcome you again.
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Catholic Church on Abortion
the catechism section which deals with abortion specifically says that procedure and infanticide “are heinous crimes”.
“The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and political authority”, he read, warning that “when the state does not put its power at the service of the rights of every citizen , and particularly of the most vulnerable, the very foundations of a law-based state are being undermined. “
This article was written by James Samson on May 3, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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