Nancy Pelosi Communes at the Vatican Despite Pro-Abortion Views
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received communion during a papal mass at the Vatican on Wednesday despite her support for abortion contrary to Catholic teaching.
Ms Pelosi, who had met Pope Francis earlier, was observed by two people as having received Communion from a priest during Mass, the Associated Press reported. Francis presided over Mass but did not personally distribute Communion at the event, which honored St. Peter and St. Paul.
Ms Pelosi’s action comes about six weeks after Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone said in a letter that she should not report for communion within the archdiocese.
“You must not present yourself for Holy Communion and, if you do, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion, until you publicly reject your plea for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution from this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance,” Bishop Cordileone wrote in the May 19 letter, a copy of which was published online by the Independent Catholic News Agency.
The Washington Times has contacted the Archdiocese of San Francisco to comment on Wednesday’s events in Rome.
The San Francisco cleric’s statement follows a 2021 effort by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to release a document codifying rules denying communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians, even though every bishop is permitted to set policy in his diocese.
In November, the bishops approved a document that stopped short of issuing such a general rule, but provided a basis for individual bishops to do so.
Earlier this fall, as he returned to Rome from a visit to Slovakia, Francis told reporters that Catholic bishops “must serve ‘with compassion and tenderness'” pro-choice politicians, the AP reported. ‘era. The pontiff said the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect” but rather “a gift of the presence of Jesus in the Church.”
In October, after a 90-minute audience with the pontiff, President Biden – himself a pro-choice Catholic – said Francis had encouraged him to continue receiving the sacrament.
“We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and … continued to receive communion,” Mr Biden said at the time.
A 2021 Pew Research Center poll reported that 67% of American Catholics said the president should be allowed to receive Communion, while 29% opposed him receiving the sacrament.
These percentages varied by party identification, with 55% of Republican or GOP-leaning Catholics supporting a communion ban and 11% of Democratic or Democratic-leaning Catholics opposing such a ban.