Pelosi gets communion despite ban, DC archdiocese sends embarrassing email to press by accident

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took Holy Communion in Washington, D.C. on Sunday as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese slipped up and emailed a reporter a blunt response concerning her ban in California, noting that media requests “will be ignored.”

According to Politico’s Playbook newsletter, Pelosi received Holy Communion on May 22 during Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., seeking comment on Pelosi’s Holy Communion ban by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone due to her advocacy for abortion. The media outlet received an email in response telling them that media requests would not be answered on the subject.

“Just sharing for you to know what comes in,” the email said in reply to the inquiry. “Email since Saturday, when I last checked the comms inbox has just been a couple of random people wanting to tell the Cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Aside from Jack Jenkins at RNS, this is the only new media inquiry. It will be ignored, too.”

A spokesperson for the D.C. Archdiocese apologized and told the Examiner that the email had been sent to them by mistake.

“I apologize for the mistaken email,” spokeswoman Patricia Zapor wrote. “We have not been responding to inquiries on this topic because Cardinal [Wilton] Gregory’s position has not changed from what he has said in the past.”

“Cardinal Gregory has no new comment about the issue of Catholic politicians receiving Communion,” a follow-up email to the Examiner noted. “The actions of Archbishop Cordileone are his decision to make in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Cardinal Gregory has not instructed the priests of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to refuse Communion to anyone.”

Gregory avoided addressing the issue of whether pro-abortion politicians should receive Communion during an interview he gave to Crux Now in Sept. 2021. At the time, he asserted that bishops are “not there as police, we’re there as pastors, and as pastors, we certainly have to teach the faith of the Church, we have to be true to the Church’s heritage of faith, but we also have to bring people along with us. It is not simply a matter of pointing out their errors.” Since then he has refused to comment publicly on the issue.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that Pelosi would be banned from receiving Holy Communion over her abortion stance. He said his actions had “nothing to do with” the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating it is on the brink of overturning the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. He stated that it had to do with Pelosi’s “advocacy for codifying the Roe decision into federal law — it’s becoming more and more extreme and more and more aggressive.”

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“After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confesses and receives absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote in the letter announcing Pelosi’s ban.

Cordileone claims that he is following the advice of Pope Benedict XVI on abortion.

“He gave us advice on how to approach this, specifically with politicians, Catholic politicians, and specifically on the two issues of abortion and euthanasia,” Cordileone remarked. “He said we need to meet, to dialogue, to try to move them down the path of conversion. And if after several attempts it comes to the point where it’s clear [that] this is not going to happen, then the bishop or the pastor, [Ratzinger] says, is to declare that the person is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

“If she’s not to be admitted to Holy Communion, our priests and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, all those who are Communion ministers need to know that,” the archbishop said referring to Pelosi’s ban.

Bishops from California, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin have joined Cordileone in support of Pelosi’s ban.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Colorado called Cordileone’s decision “courageous, compassionate, and necessary.”

The San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board has requested that Pope Francis remove Cordileone from his position for banning Pelosi from Communion. The editorial board slammed him for “punishing” Pelosi, instead of “right-wing politicians” who “[vote] against health care or funding for the poor,” according to Fox News.

“Cordileone’s chief loyalty is not to Christ, but to the cabal of far-right American bishops led by Raymond Leo Burke, a Catholic prelate who has led a continual campaign to undermine Pope Francis’ authority,” the board wrote. They then arrogantly demanded that the Pope remove the “radical conservative” from San Francisco.

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