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Pope Francis appointed on Sunday Like San Diego Cardinal Bishop Robert W. McIlroy, a Roman Catholic leader has spoken out against calls by bishops to exclude pro-choice politicians like President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion because of their positions on abortion.
The move comes on the heels of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordelion’s announcement earlier this month that he would do so. Pelosi’s Bar of Receiving the Eucharist Because of her position on abortion. In McElroy’s designation, Francis passed Cordillion, who holds a higher rank.
The Archdiocese of San Diego has announced that McIlroy, one of the 21 new cardinals declared by Pope Francis on Sunday, will be enthroned on August 27 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The Bishop of San Diego warned against the idea of rejecting Communion for pro-choice politicians in 2021, when US bishops were considering changing their policy on communion, which Catholics also call the Eucharist.
“The suggestion that pro-choice Catholic political leaders be excluded from the Eucharist is a wrong move,” McIlroy wrote in the Jesuit Journal of America. “It will lead to very devastating results – not because of what he says about abortion, but because of what he says about the Eucharist.”
The bishop warned that[t]The Eucharist is weaponized and propagated as a tool in political warfare. This should not happen.”
Cordelion, who passed away Pope Francis, congratulated McIlroy on his appointment.
Archbishop of San Francisco He previously wrote to Pelosi“You must not offer yourself to Holy Communion, and if you do, you will not be admitted to Holy Communion.”
In public “A message to the believers“Cordelion said he took the action” after several attempts to talk to her [Pelosi] To help her understand the grave evil she is committing, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her soul.”
The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states that those who have been excluded from church service or who “obstinately persevere in manifest and grave sin” shall not be admitted to Holy Communion.
Cordelion explained that his move had “nothing to do” with the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health case, which would drop Roe v. Wade, but rather with Pelosi’s call “to codify Roe’s decision into federal law — it’s getting more and more extreme and more and more aggressive.”
Despite Cordelion’s apparent proclamation, Pelosi received the Eucharist at 9 a.m. Mass at the Holy Trinity in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., last Sunday.
Pelosi defended her position and condemned Cordelion’s move in remarks last Tuesday. She claimed that the issue of abortion is not only about the termination of pregnancy because people who criticize its legality and morals also oppose contraceptives, family planning and in vitro fertilization.
“This decision that takes us to privacy and precedent is very dangerous in the lives of so many Americans, and once again is inconsistent with Matthew’s gospel,” she said.
The San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board urged Pope Francis to remove the Cordelion for his move to prevent Pelosi from participating. The editorial board criticized the Archbishop for “punishing” Pelosi rather than “right-wing politicians” who “[vote] against healthcare or financing for the poor.”
Democrats strongly supported abortion after Judge Alito’s draft opinion was leaked in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization – the draft that brought down Roe. Although Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the draft is genuine, it dates from February, and does not represent the court’s current or final opinion.
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