Texas Catholic Bishop to Pelosi: No Communion Here, Stop 'Advocating the Murder of Children'

By Michael W. Chapman | May 25, 2022 | 12:35pm EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)   (Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Last week, the archbishop of San Francisco publicly announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not allowed to receive Communion at Mass until she repents of her advocacy for abortion, which is considered to be murder, a grave sin by the Catholic Church.

Following that lead, the Catholic bishop of Tyler, Texas said Pelosi also is barred from Communion in his diocese until she "repents" and "stops advocating the murder of children."

In a May 25 tweet, Bishop Joseph Strickland, head of the Diocese of Tyler, said, "The concern for Mrs Pelosi’s eternal salvation extends to the Diocese of Tyler. She is barred from Communion here until she repents & stops advocating the murder of children."

"Pray for her heart to be turned to God & away from the power of this world," the bishop added. 

In his letter to Pelosi, which was released on May 20, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, wrote, "A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons 'are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.'"

The archbishop continued, "[I]n light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be 'concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care' (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication 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."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rides in a car as it travels along the parade route at San Francisco's Gay Pride festival. (Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rides in a car as it travels along the parade route at San Francisco's Gay Pride festival. (Getty Images)

Pelosi, a Catholic whose main residence is in San Francisco, has publicly advocated for abortion for decades. She also is a supporter of so-called "gay marriage," sex-change surgery for transgenders, and the promotion of LGBTQ ideology in the school system, all of which the Catholic Church opposes and views as sinful.  

Commenting on Cordileone's directive, Pelosi told MSNBC on May 24, “Our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact he, led the way in an initiative on the ballot in California.”

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