Pelosi Criticizes Archbishop For Denying Her Communion Over Abortion

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, fired back at the archdiocese in her hometown of San Francisco for barring her from receiving Holy Communion the previous week.

Pelosi is a native of the city. 


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Pelosi chided the archbishop for his stance on the LGBTQ group and for forcing his beliefs regarding abortion on everyone else.

She also noted that several Catholic dioceses haven’t yet taken correspondingly retaliatory sanctions against politicians who encourage the death penalty, which also contravenes core Catholic teachings.

Death Penalty

“Although I am against it, the death penalty raises certain questions in my mind.”

“The church does not take any action against individuals who might not hold the same position as it does,” Tuesday, Pelosi discussed the issue on the show Morning Joe, on MSNBC.

“I come from an Italian American and Catholic household that is mostly pro-life, but I appreciate other people’s opinions on the matter because of my background. However, I do not respect that we are forcing it upon other people.” 

On Friday, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, forbade the Speaker of the House from receiving Holy Communion if she did not openly recant her position on the disputed abortion issue.

In addition, it appears the speaker implied that overturning the precedent set by Roe v. Wade would be incompatible with the religious teachings found in the Gospel of Matthew.

These teachings encourage individuals to assist those who are in need to “enter heaven.” 

“Our archbishop has also been a passionate opponent of LGBTQ rights. In fact, he was a driving force behind several of the proposals, including one that is currently on the ballot in California,” she stated.

This may have been a reference to Cordileone’s backing of California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative.

“Therefore, this judgment, which will lead us to privacy and set a precedent, is extremely perilous in the lives of a great number of individuals in the United States and is not by the Gospel of Matthew.” 

Roe v. Wade

A draft decision from the Supreme Court that was leaked earlier this month indicated the court would overrule a woman’s lawful right to an abortion, which was established in Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

This decision pushed the issue of abortion to the forefront of the political debate. 

“This isn’t only about stopping a pregnancy from continuing. So, the same folks are against birth control, family planning, and in vitro fertilization, they use abortion as the figurehead for it,” Pelosi contended.

“I believe it is extremely offensive to women for politics to interfere with their ability to make their own decisions. This issue should never have been brought into the political arena.” 


Pelosi went to a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to receive the Eucharist there.

The archbishop of that church told the Washington Examiner he does not intend to impose a ban on abortion services, similar to the one that is in place in San Francisco. 

Holy Communion is an important sacrament in the Catholic Church; it is celebrated at all of the regular Sunday masses.