San Francisco Archbishop BANNED Nancy Pelosi from Communion
The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et spes, reiterated the Church’s ancient and constant teaching that ‘from the first moment of conception, life must be guarded with the greatest care, while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes’ (n. 51). Indeed, Christians have always upheld the dignity of human life at all stages, especially the most vulnerable, beginning with life in the womb. His Holiness Pope Francis, in keeping with his predecessors, has also been quite clear and emphatic in teaching about the dignity of human life in the womb.
This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in the way they live their lives, especially those charged with promoting and protecting the public good of society. Pope Saint John Paul II was also quite consistent in defending this constant teaching of the Church, frequently reminding us that ‘those who are directly involved in legislative bodies have a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose’ any law that violates against human life. For them, as for all Catholics, it is impossible to promote such laws or vote for them” (cf. Doctrinal note on some issues relating to the participation of Catholics in political life [November 24, 2002], no. 4, §1). A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly serious sin that is a cause of grave scandal for others. Therefore, the universal law of the Church establishes that such persons ‘should not be admitted to Holy Communion’ (Code of Canon Law, can. 915).
Regarding the application of these principles to Catholics in political life, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to the US bishops in 2004 explaining the approach to follow :
As I strive to follow this direction, I thank you for the time you have given me in the past to discuss these matters. Unfortunately, I have received no such accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you promised to codify the Roe v. Wade of the Supreme Court on federal law following the passage of Bill 8 by the Texas Senate last September. That is why I communicated my concerns to him through a letter dated April 7, 2022, and there I informed him that if he did not publicly repudiate his defense of the “right” to abortion or refrain from referring to his Catholic faith in public and receive Holy Communion. , I am left with no choice but to make a declaration, in accordance with canon 915, that he is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.
Since she has not publicly repudiated her position on abortion and continues to refer to her Catholic faith to justify her position and receive Holy Communion, that time has come. Therefore, in light of my responsibility as Archbishop of San Francisco to be ‘concerned for all Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care’ (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), I hereby notify you that you must not appear for Holy Communion and, if you do, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as who publicly repudiates his defense of the legitimacy of abortion and confesses and receives absolution from this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance.
Please know that I am ready to continue our conversation at any time and will continue to offer prayer and fasting for you.
I also ask all the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray for all of our legislators, especially Catholic legislators who promote procured abortion, that with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, they may experience a conversion of heart in this most serious matter and human life can be protected and fostered in every stage and condition of life.
Given in San Francisco, on the nineteenth day of the month of May, in the Year of the Lord 2022.