Early Tuesday morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has finally publically spoken about her archbishop slamming a ban on her from taking communion, slinging criticism at San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his choice to stand with the official position of the Catholic Church on LGBTQ issues.
Joe Scarborough from MSNBC made reference to the biblical Gospel of Matthew when he defended Pelosi as part of his introduction, making the claim that Jesus Christ never spoke on abortion and instead stated to his disciples that they would be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven so long as they “lead with forgiveness and love.”
Pelosi gave him her thanks for his reference as she spoke publically about the stance of the Catholic Church when it comes to abortion.
“This is not just about terminating a pregnancy,” exclaimed Pelosi. “These same people are against contraception, family planning, in vitro-fertilization. It’s a blanket thing. They use abortion as the front man for it while they try to undo so much. That’s what they tried to do in the Affordable Care Act, which didn’t have anything about terminating an abortion — a pregnancy.”
“We just have to be prayerful,” she stated. “We have to be respectful. I come from a largely pro-life Italian-American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views about that. But I don’t respect us foisting it onto others.”
It was at that point that Pelosi made a specific reference to Cordileone.
“Now, our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights, too, in fact, he led the way in some of the initiatives on — an initiative on the ballot in California. So this decision, taking us to privacy and precedent, is very dangerous in the lives of so many of the American people.”
Seemingly just to spite the letter sent on Friday from Cordileone that informed Pelosi that she was no longer allowed to take communion because of her public and ongoing support for abortion, the California-based Democrat made sure to attend mass this past Sunday at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown.
A section of video footage from a live stream of the event shows her receiving communion from a eucharistic minister rather than the priest.
Here’s a video from @holytrinitydc showing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receiving communion from a Eucharistic minister -not the priest- at mass on Sunday. She’s wearing an orange blazer in the right line. pic.twitter.com/4WnChU7KGj
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 24, 2022
As part of her interview hosted on MSNBC, Pelosi was not questioned about nor did she say whether or not she will continue to take communion.
This past Friday, Pelosi was informed by Cordileone: “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.”