CNN anchors have a habit of embarrassing themselves on social media and self-described altar boy Jim Sciuttocan be added to the list.
The chief national security correspondent on the network and former Obama administration official took to Twitter in an apparent attempt to be U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chief apologist after an official with the Catholic Church banned the Democrat leader from a sacred rite.
Sciutto claimed the sanction is unprecedented.
On Friday, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Twitter, “After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing…the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/l7M85CyG86
— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) May 20, 2022
The post linked to a lengthy “letter to the faithful” from the archbishop wherein he explained that the decisions resulted from Pelosi’s extreme pro-abortion activism.
“Speaker Pelosi remains our sister in Christ. Her advocacy for the care of the poor and vulnerable elicits my admiration. I assure you that my action here is purely pastoral, not political,” the archbishop noted, however, about the politician who apparently doesn’t return his phone calls.
According to the liberal San Francisco Chronicle, the notification constitutes “an escalation of his feud with the Catholic Democrat over abortion politics.”
“Pope Francis, who is head of the Catholic Church, has previously urged bishops to tread softly on the issue of denying people the Eucharist—which Catholics consider the body of Jesus Christ—and advised the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops against adopting a policy that would have denied communion to President Joe Biden,” Newsweek reported on Saturday.
In October 2019, Biden was denied communion at a South Carolina church because of his abortion-rights support.
Archbishop bans Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion due to ‘grave evil she is perpetrating’ https://t.co/DBkmacX7xQ
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 21, 2022
Summarizing his religious resume, Sciutto rushed to Pelosi’s defense.
“[Twelve] years of Catholic school, altar boy, family deeply involved in our church, and never saw anyone banned from receiving communion. This is a deep fissure in the church – and a position Pope Francis himself doesn’t support,” the Ivy League (of course) graduate explained on Twitter.
12 years of Catholic school, altar boy, family deeply involved in our church, and never saw anyone banned from receiving communion. This is a deep fissure in the church – and a position Pope Francis himself doesn’t support. https://t.co/8bdFMZ6NzX
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 20, 2022
The abortion debate has reemerged on the national stage after the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization authored by Justice Samuel Alito that could strike down the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
If Alito’s decision is ever finalized and ratified by a majority on the high court, the abortion-rights issue would return to the states to regulate individually.
Many Americans are conflicted about the extremely sensitive and morally complex issue. Religious faith (including the degree to which individuals abide by various practices) is also a fundamentally personal issue.
According to a recent New York Post editorial, “the fact is that most of Americans are neither completely pro-life nor totally pro-choice, but a mix of both.”
“Recent Fox News polling shows that over half of Americans believe that abortion should be prohibited after 15 weeks of pregnancy,” FNC claimed earlier this month.
The Mississippi state law that is in dispute in Dobbs would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. The court has an option of limiting its decision to Dobbs without going any further, which presumably is Chief Justice Roberts’ preference.
In the 1992 presidential election, Bill Clinton expressed the view that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” but contemporary Democrats appear to have entirely abandoned the concept that the pregnancy-termination procedure should occur infrequently.
According to the liberal Daily Beast news outlet, Democrats dropped the rare proviso from their platform at the 2012 national convention.
Apart from the Sciutto cheering section which is extensive, other Twitter users are insinuating that the newsman’s analysis of the Eucharist embargo is inauthentic:
This is a bad take. Even the most progressive priest in the world knows advocacy for abortion is antithetical to our faith.
I am so dismayed to see so-called Catholics upset when the Church enforced its rules. What’s the point of being a member if its standards mean nothing? https://t.co/LV7HO1DhpJ
— Ellen Carmichael 🌻 (@ellencarmichael) May 22, 2022
I am banned from receiving communion because I married a divorced non Catholic woman. Trust me it happens and for far less heinous things than promoting child murder.
— Damdirtyape (@1Damdirtyape) May 22, 2022
The same people condemning an Archbishop for denying communion to Pelosi celebrate this statement from another bishop.
“I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s,’ Budde told The Washington Post after Trump’s visit. ‘I am outraged.’”https://t.co/kB6XHTpVuv https://t.co/Eb5NRXP7wa
— Ultra FugitiveMama (@fugitivemama) May 22, 2022
The 'I grew up in the church' rant is an attempt at a credential with the unreligious. The current religious who were raised in achurch can look to where their fellow travelers veered and know the statement is meaningless. They care nothing for the church. Politics is their god. https://t.co/P0QTSxg5HS
— J (@ARaised_Eyebrow) May 22, 2022
Perhaps this particular Archbishop has listened to God? I'm not Catholic, but it seems like "taking communion" is a pretty big deal and "serving communion", might be even a bigger responsibility. JMO 🤷♀️
— 🇺🇸 East Tennessee Native 🧡 (@TipToe51) May 22, 2022
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