Former Planned Parenthood executive turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, a Catholic, celebrated after the Archbishop of San Francisco sent out a letter stating that pro-abortion Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been barred from receiving holy communion.
The California congresswoman has repeatedly stood up for so-called “abortion rights” while claiming to be a devout Catholic.
In the past, the church has apparently been lenient with Pelosi. In 2018, when discussing whether Catholic priests have ever given her any “difficulties” about receiving communion, she described herself as a “regular communicant.”
“I think some of it is regional,” Pelosi said in a 2018 interview. “It depends on the bishop in a certain region. Fortunately, for me it has not — Communion has not been withheld and I’m a regular communicant so that would be a severe blow to me if that were the case.”
Apparently, that has now changed, and pro-life advocates are celebrating.
“I could not be more elated as a practicing Catholic that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has finally barred Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving the most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion,” Johnson posted on her Facebook on Friday.
The Daily Wire reported Friday on the archbishop’s letter to Pelosi.
“In light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco … 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,” Cordileone said in the letter.
“This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in how they live their lives, especially those entrusted with promoting and protecting the public good of society,” the letter continued. “Pope St. John Paul II was also quite consistent in upholding this constant teaching of the Church, and frequently reminded us that those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose’ any law that attacks human life.”
In her Facebook post, Johnson stated that Pelosi receiving communion “has been an ongoing scandal for many years.”
“Who knows how many Catholics she had led astray by proclaiming her ‘devout faith’ while advocating for the destruction of innocent life through abortion,” the pro-life advocate wrote. “This is our most sacred sacrament as Catholics and to receive it, one must be free of all mortal sin, including the public promotion of abortion, which Speaker Pelosi has been on the forefront of during her many years as a public figure in government.”
“This isn’t about judging someone’s soul or intentions,” Johnson noted. “It is about holding fast to the truth of our Catholic faith and the role of all bishops as shepherds of the Church.”
“Abortion is a grave matter and Nancy Pelosi has been on the wrong side of this debate for years, leading who knows how many Catholics astray. It is my ardent hope and prayer that President Biden’s archbishop follows the lead of Archbishop Cordileone and forbids him from receiving the Holy Eucharist as well,” she concluded.