by Matt Hadro
Washington DC, May 13, 2021 / 4:00 p.m. America / Denver (CNA).
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Thursday she was “pleased” with the Vatican’s recent letter to US bishops on communion for pro-abortion politicians.
Pelosi, who is Catholic, was questioned Thursday by EWTN News Nightly correspondent Erik Rosales on the subject of communion.
âI think I can use my own judgment on this,â Pelosi said of fellowship.
The President has long supported legal abortion and advocated for taxpayer funded abortion by repealing the Hyde Amendment. She also supported the Equality Act, a law that the American Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) said would “punish” religious groups opposed to redefining marriage and transgender ideology.
Pelosi added that she was “pleased with what the Vatican has published on this subject” from Communion for Catholic Abortion Politicians, saying the Vatican statement “essentially said” don’t divide on the subject. “
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote to the chief American bishops last week about admission to communion.
The bishops’ conference has reportedly planned to consider a declaration on the Eucharist this year, either at their spring meeting in June or at their fall meeting in November. They planned to address the subject of the admission to communion of Catholics in public service who support permissive legislation on inherent ailments such as abortion or euthanasia.
However, the bishops intended to frame any statement on communion within the larger context of the general dignity to receive Holy Communion.
The Vatican statement, by Cardinal Luis Ladaria, urged bishops to engage in a “serene” dialogue among themselves, to ensure that they “agree as a Conference that support for pro-choice legislation is not compatible with Catholic teaching â. Next, bishops should engage in dialogue with Catholic politicians who support legislation inconsistent with Church teaching.
After that, says Ladaria, the bishops should consider the next step. If they decided to issue “a national policy of dignity for fellowship,” they should do so as a unified conference, respecting the rights of local ordinaries and framing their declaration “within the general context of dignity for the reception of the Communion. Holy Communion on the part of all the faithful, rather than just one category of Catholics.
Nor should they appear to be saying that “abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only serious matters of Catholic moral and social teaching which demand the highest level of responsibility on the part of Catholics. Ladaria continued.
The issue of fellowship for pro-abortion politicians has resurfaced recently. Catholic President Joe Biden supports taxpayer funded abortion, as does Pelosi.
In January, Pelosi slammed pro-life voters on a podcast with former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Ordinary of Pelosi, replied: “No Catholic of good conscience can promote abortion”.
Appearing on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly the following week to discuss his statement to Pelosi, the Archbishop was asked about the issue of refusing Communion. Catholics, he replied, need to rediscover the teaching of the Church on the dignity of receiving Communion in order.[f]or this kind of action [denial of Communion] to make sense to a lot of people. “
Regarding the refusal of Holy Communion, canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law states that Catholics who âpersistently persevere in grave and manifest sin should not be admitted to Holy Communionâ.
In a 2004 memo to American bishops, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote that a Catholic politician who “constantly campaigns and votes for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” engages in a “Formal cooperation” in grave sin, cooperation which is “manifest.”
These Catholics are not to come forward for Communion, and if they persist in their mistakes despite their pastor’s warning, they must be denied Communion, he wrote.