House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is being denied Holy Communion because of her strident support for abortion rights, which the Catholic Church believes is a sin because it takes the life of an unborn child.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he tried to talk to Pelosi and persuade her to follow Catholic teachings on abortion, but when she refused, he had no choice but to deny communion.
“Church teaching is clear that people endanger their souls if they are separated from God because of grave sin and then receive the most Holy Eucharist in an unworthy manner,” Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila said Friday in a statement that supported Cordileone’s decision.
“Love for the community means guarding against scandal and confusion and allowing others to be led into sin if they don’t see the issue addressed in an appropriate and compassionate manner,” he went on.
Aquila encouraged his parishioners to read the writings of Cordileone on the matter and to pray for political leaders to protect life.
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