Ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be Catholic, is in open defiance of the teachings of the Catholic church over abortion. Now she is blaming her local archbishop for her situation.
It's all because Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone won't allow her to take communion in his diocese because of her support for the death-dealing abortion industry.
He announced last year that would be his policy while she was so far into openly defying church practice.
Now the Washington Examiner reports she says it's his problem.
"I have a problem with my archbishop, and I figure that's his problem, not mine," she said.
Her comments came at a speaking event at Georgetown University.
She also claimed she was "in sync" with much of the teachings of the church.
She continued, "We go right to the one issue, because everything else, we are pretty much in sync when it comes to the social compact of the Catholic bishops and the rest. But they are willing to abandon the bulk of it because of one thing," the Democrat and longtime abortion advocate announced.
Cordileone announced in May 2022, when he said he tried repeatedly – and unsuccessfully – to talk with Pelosi about her abandonment of church teachings, that she was barred from communion.
"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," he wrote.
She promptly put herself in the position of thumbing her nose at him by traveling to Rome to take communion with Pope Francis.
Several other American archbishops, however, are on Cordileone's side, and have confirmed similar restrictions on Pelosi's involvement in the sacred rite.
Cordileone has said Pelosi must either repudiate her support for abortion or stop speaking publicly of her Catholic faith.
She has refused.
It was Politico that reported that, contrary the instructions from the church she claims to be faithful to, she "called the recent Supreme Court ruling removing constitutional protections for abortion an 'outrageous and heart-wrenching' decision that fulfills the Republican Party’s 'dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions.'"
At virtually the same time, she repeatedly has cited her Catholic church and its virtues of "faith, hope and charity."
Politico noted, "Last year, President Joe Biden, another Catholic who also supports abortion rights, said after meeting with Francis that the pontiff told him to continue receiving the sacrament. Biden later received Communion during a Mass in a Rome church that is under the authority of Francis as bishop of Rome."
Cordileone explained, "After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion 'rights' and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of penance. I have accordingly sent her a notification to this effect, which I have now made public."
The Catholic church believes taking communion while defying church teaching is a manifestly grave sin.
Author: Bob Unruh