When it comes to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) “extreme” and “aggressive” advocacy for abortion, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone made clear why he is having no part in it, and it has “nothing to do” with the SCOTUS leak.
On Friday, Cordileone sat down with America Media’s Gloria Purvis for her podcast to discuss what ultimately led the archbishop to bar Pelosi from Holy Communion in her home diocese. As previously reported, the statement on the matter spoke to “the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an (sic) the danger to her own soul she is risking.”
However, what the archbishop is making apparent, is that Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would see Roe v. Wade overturned played no part his announcement.
When asked by Purvis, “why make this decision now?” the archbishop replied, “The leaked decision and the Dobbs case really have nothing to do with it, the timing of it.”
Cordileone went on to detail, “Her advocacy for codifying the Roe decision into federal law–it’s becoming more and more extreme and more and more aggressive. And I’ve been trying to speak with her about this.”
“I’ve been debating this within my own conscience for many years, actually,” he added of the struggle he had in coming to this conclusion. “So this is not something that has just come up recently. I’ve been discerning this. I’ve consulted with people whom I respect for their intelligence, their integrity and their pastoral sensitivity.”
He also cited former Pope Benedict XVI, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2004 when he issued a letter with guidance to the bishops. The cardinal had encouraged a dialogue, which Cordileone has endeavored to have, and “if after several attempts it comes to the point where it’s…not going to happen…the person is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
Cordileone boiled the matter down to the clear delineation between right and wrong. “The point of our conscience is not to decide what is right and wrong…The role of conscience is to help us make the right decision in a specific situation based on what is right and wrong.”
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As such, the archbishop has nailed one of the main issues of the time as the media continues to assign themselves the responsibility of drawing those distinctions. CNN’s Jim Sciutto wasn’t alone in attempting to use his Catholic upbringing to offer himself the moral high ground over Cordilieone.
The San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board devoted an op-ed to defending Pelosi and calling for the removal of Cordileone. “Pelosi has consistently fought on the morally right side of these issues,” they argued. “Why is she being singled out for punishment in her hometown, especially when she can still receive Communion in Washington, D.C. or Oakland?”
According to them, “The answer is that Cordileone’s chief loyalty is not to Christ, but to the cabal of far-right American bishops.”
Yet, the Catechism is clear in stating, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.”
Pelosi and her devout followers in the left-wing media may not like it, but to accept Catholicism is to accept, in part, that you are not the center of the universe. Short of that, and the archbishop contends she is embroiled in scandal.
“Scandal is an action that would lead others into error or into sin. So the scandal here is that someone who is strongly advocating for something as evil as abortion and taking Communion creates confusion among people. And they can begin to think that it is acceptable for a Catholic to believe this,” Cordileone explained.
Ultimately, “on this issue,” he expressed, “she needs to better form her conscience.”
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