San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone barred Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion in the archdiocese.
“I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of penance,” Cordileone stated in a May 19 letter addressed to Pelosi.
The letter comes as the United States Supreme Court is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
Cordileone stated in the letter that while the two of them have spoken in the past on the issue, he gave her an ultimatum April 7 that she should “publicly repudiate” her “advocacy for abortion ‘rights’” or she’d be barred from receiving the sacrament. Legislation to codify Roe v. Wade in federal law passed the House of Representatives last year under Pelosi’s leadership.
Cordileone made headlines last year for being at odds with Washington, DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory as to whether President Joe Biden — also a lifelong Roman Catholic who supports legal abortion — should be admitted to communion.