Catholic LGBTQ organization slams Archbishop for denying communion to Nancy Pelosi
DignityUSA, the LGBTQ organization representing American Catholics who support full inclusion, has denounced Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to deny Communion to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi until that she publicly rejects her support for abortion rights.
Cordileone, who last year called for Communion not to be disclosed to pro-abortion public figures without mentioning specific names, issued his edict on Friday, specifically reprimanding the 82-year-old Democratic House Speaker, for her longstanding support for reproductive rights, including access to birth control and abortion.
“After many attempts to speak to her to help her understand the grave harm she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger she is risking to her own soul, I have determined that the time has come when I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion “rights” and confesses and receives absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the Sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone said in a letter to the members of his archdiocese.
The archbishop’s edict comes at a time when Democrats, facing a tough midterm election, have sought to rally their base by warning of loss of abortion access if the GOP regains control of Congress. The move follows a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that appears to signal that the nation’s highest court is set to overturn the nearly five-decade-old ruling in Roe vs. Wade, which enshrines the right to obtain an abortion. overturning roe deeraccess to abortion would be determined by each state’s laws, making it illegal in several states but potentially legal in neighboring states.
But DignityUSA argues Pelosi shouldn’t be penalized for standing up for the right to get an abortion, especially since vote indicates that a majority of rank and file Catholics are not in favor of the cancellation of the roe deer decision, regardless of their personal opinion on the right to abortion.
“DignityUSA firmly believes that the sacraments of our church should never be used as weapons against Catholics, regardless of their identity, beliefs, or public stances,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, the organization’s executive director, in a statement. “Communion is a gift to help us grow in grace, not a reward for conformity.
“It’s bad for the President pelosi for being denied communion for striving to serve the people of this diverse nation,” Duddy-Burke continued. “We call on Archbishop Cordileone to withdraw this ban and on Catholics across the country to oppose attempts to use Communion to compel the violation of anyone’s sincere beliefs.”
In November 2021, DignityUSA led the “Bread Not Stones” testimony at the fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which sought to dissuade bishops from banning Catholics, including President Joe Biden , to receive communion for having expressed political or public opinions. political issues that run counter to Church views on abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage, among others.
The bishops ultimately rejected an explicit ban, instead issuing guidelines for practicing Catholics to consider when receiving Communion – relying on individuals’ ability to examine their actions and conscience, rather than a descending edict.
Madeline Marlett, co-chair of DignityUSA’s young adult group, who volunteered as an altar server for Archbishop Cordileone for several years, praised Pelosi for standing up for her political beliefs and criticized Cordileone for seeking to punishing and ultimately forcing her to conform to her preferred worldview.
“We demand that this injustice be rectified and we will continue to hold the President pelosi in prayer as she faces the unjust militarization of this fundamental sacrament of Catholicism,” Marlett said in a statement.
“Withholding Communion from any Catholic pushes them to the margins of our Church,” Duddy-Burke added. “It shames them by encouraging people to speculate as to why they are unworthy to approach the sacred table. It violates the duty of care which is the central ministry of the ordained. It is simply wrong.
“Speaker pelosi shares the same view on abortion as the majority of American Catholics. Nearly two-thirds of Catholics do not want Roe vs. Wade reversed. Denying his communion is a clear attempt to intimidate Catholics. It will not work. It will simply disgust and alienate Catholics and deepen the growing rift between church leaders and members,” she said. “The majority of U.S. bishops seem to understand this, based on their rejection of the type of ban announced by Archbishop Cordileone. We call on Catholics to speak out against the militarization of the Communion.”