(PresidentialWire.com)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took Holy Communion at a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., despite being forbidden from doing so in her hometown of San Francisco.
Pelosi should not present herself to a priest for Communion at Mass because of her attitude on abortion, specifically her efforts to maintain abortion access at the federal level, according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who published a letter on Friday.
On Sunday, the speaker was allegedly welcomed with open arms at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. The church is the same one where President Joe Biden has been seen.
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., declared in a statement to the Washington Examiner that Archbishop Wilton Gregory has no intentions to impose Cordileone’s ban.
Patricia Zapor of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.said that Cardinal Gregory has no new comments on the matter of Catholic politicians taking Communion.
She said that Archbishop Cordileone’s activities in the Archdiocese of San Francisco were his decision. Cardinal Gregory has not authorized the priests of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to withhold Communion from anybody.
The Washington Archdiocese meant to disregard the Washington Examiner’s request for comment but instead mistakenly answered, thinking it was someone else’s email. It said that “the public wants Gregory to come out against Pelosi’s pro-abortion stance.”
“Just sharing so you know what comes in,” the accidental email addressed to the Washington Examiner read. “Email since Saturday, when I last checked the communications mailbox, has just been a handful of odd folks telling the Cardinal to attack Pelosi. This is the sole fresh media investigation, other from RNS’s Jack Jenkins. It, too, will be overlooked.”
Cordileone’s restriction, according to Rev. John Beal, a canon lawyer and Catholic University of America professor, does not apply outside of his sphere of influence in California.
“It only applies to clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco; both ordained and non-ordained,” Beal told Religious News Service. “It’s only valid within the Archdiocese.”
Since Cordileone’s harsh censure of Pelosi, bishops from Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin have joined him.