Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informing her that he had reached a painful conclusion. As her spiritual father and the pastor of her soul, it was his duty to inform her that her unyielding public support for abortion on demand with no exceptions placed her outside of communion with the Church.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met last year to formally recognize two important principles:
Abortion is the “preeminent moral issue” of our time
It is time for renewed teaching about the importance of the Eucharist – including reaffirming the Church’s teachings about when Catholics may and may not present themselves to receive the Blessed Sacrament
Cordileone acted in union with the whole body of Catholic leaders in America last week.
83% said they believed Catholic public officials who oppose Church teaching create confusion and disunity, and 74% said such officials should not present themselves for Communion.
Again, far from acting radically or alone, as some have claimed, Cordileone is leading his flock – including Pelosi – from the heart of the Church.
Cordileone ended his letter to Pelosi with respect and affection, promising her that he would personally pray and fast for her, looking forward to the joyous day when she, God-willing, returns to full communion with the Church.
Those of us who sign this pledge stand with Cordileone. But like him, we also will pray for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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