Salvatore Cordileone, the conservative Archbishop of San Francisco where Speaker Nancy Pelosi resides, sent Pelosi a letter on April 7 to express his concern over Pelosi’s support of abortion.
Pelosi has vowed to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion into law because of Texas law SB 8, a law that will take effect if the high court overturns Roe and that will ban most abortions.
The Archbishop avowed that Pelosi has not responded. In the letter Cordileone told Pelosi that she must either repudiate her support of abortion rights or stop speaking publicly about her Catholic faith and that if she didn’t, he would have no other choice but to declare she is not allowed to receive Communion. “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’s letter stated. In a separate letter sent to the congregation on Friday he informed them that he has asked six times to meet with Pelosi but that her office didn’t respond or told him she was busy.
He has further declared that he has attempted to help Pelosi “understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own should that she is risking…”