As we reported last week, the Archbishop of San Fransisco barred Nancy Pelosi from communion. His reasoning was as follows:
“A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion,’”
His argument is consistent with Paragraph #2272 of the Catechism, which states:
“2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,” “by the very commission of the offense,” and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.
The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.”
So, a Catholic politician is in a state of mortal sin if they knowingly and deliberately support ‘procured abortions’ through their public statements and their voting history. Since Nancy Pelosi has supported abortion throughout her career, her standing with the Church is at least suspect.
Per the canon, if the bishops consistently followed canon law, there would be no ambiguity in the matter — Nancy Pelosi is outside the communion of the Church, provided she does not offer due penance. That would presumably involve a renunciation of her past injustices.
Pelosi has not just toyed around with the idea of the permissibility of abortion — she has insinuated it is connected with the essence of the Christian religion:
“I know this is touchy on this campus — on all Catholic campuses. … And it’s an issue in the diocese,” she said. “But the fact is, God gave us all the free will [and] our sense of responsibility to answer for that. So, I am a rabid supporter of a woman’s right to choose and a similar issue of the LGBT community because they are connected.”
Now regardless of the moral status of these actions, if they are ‘bad acts’, shouldn’t that constrain your freedom to pursue what is right? By Pelosi’s logic, legislation to stop murder is “anti-Christian” because it coerces free choice.
But apparently, the disciplinary actions of the Archbishop of San Fransisco were not enough to coerce Crazy Nancy’s free choice! As Politico reports:
“Spotted: Speaker NANCY PELOSI at the 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity in Georgetown, where she was given communion.”
I do not know what is worse — that Nancy Pelosi went up to receive communion or that the priest granted her wishes. Nancy may be devout when it comes to church attendance but her adherence to the faith is questionable. One thing is clear, Pelosi is certainly acting against conscience. And people who persevere in acts against conscience should not lecture us Americans about how we ought to live.