As we reported Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been barred from receiving communion in the San Fransisco Archdiocese. This is a good thing — a moment we should all be proud of. Regardless of our religious views. Crazy Nancy, a self-avowed “devout Catholic” has been exposed for the fraud she really is — by her fellow Catholics, mind you.
This is not the first time these penalties have been applied to Catholic Politicians. As we reported earlier this year, a Mexican Diocese employed a similar rule:
“Answering the question: Can a deputy or any person who professes to be a Catholic, while openly cooperating or legislating against life, receive Holy Communion? No. You cannot approach Sacramental Communion. Nor that person can be a godparent or companion of other people who want to receive other sacraments such as baptism.”
The application of the rule is on the basis of Paragraph #272 in the catechism:
” 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.”
Canon Law is clear on the matter — if you support abortion as a Catholic Politician, you risk the canonical penalty of excommunication. The reason has to do with the formal cooperation with evil involved in the endorsement of a sinful act like abortion.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director, is now a Catholic pro-life advocate. And as a pro-life advocate, she is not a fan of Nancy Pelosi. Here is what she said on her Facebook about the recent move made by the Archbishop of San Fransisco:
“While this news has taken a much longer time than I had hoped, I could not be more elated as a practicing Catholic that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has finally barred Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving the most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion. Her reception of Holy Communion has been an ongoing scandal for many years.”
She then continued:
“This isn’t about judging someone’s soul or intentions. It is about holding fast to the truth of our Catholic faith and the role of all bishops as shepherds of the Church. Abortion is a grave matter and Nancy Pelosi has been on the wrong side of this debate for years”
She ended her plea by expressing hope that President Biden will face a similar penalty:
“It is my ardent hope and prayer that President Biden’s archbishop follows the lead of Archbishop Cordileone and forbids him from receiving the Holy Eucharist as well.”
Catholics who defend these episcopal actions as legitimate are not thereby being unmerciful. Indeed, they are being infinitely merciful. Nancy Pelosi’s eternal soul is at risk, they suppose. And by barring her from communion, the bishop is effectively preparing her soul for contrition, and then, by just consequence, earnest repentance. And repentance unto life brings the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.