‘That’s his problem, not mine’: Nancy Pelosi lashes out at Archbishop who barred her from communion

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in an interview this week, deriding him for having barred her from receiving Holy Communion because of her pro-abortion stance.

“I have a problem with my archbishop – well, the archbishop of the city that I represent – but I figure that’s his problem, not mine,” she said in an interview with Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice.

Listen to the whole interview below, if you’d like:

“They [the bishops] are willing to abandon the bulk of [Catholic social teaching] because of one thing [abortion]. And that’s the fight that we have,” she added, expanding her criticism to evidently include every Catholic bishop who’s against abortion.

As previously reported, Cordileone first made headlines in April of 2022 when he announced that he would bar the then-speaker from receiving Holy Communion unless she relinquished her staunchly pro-abortion views.

Pelosi ultimately refused, prompting Cordileone to make the ban official in May:

He announced the ban in a public letter.

“Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months. Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice,’ this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis,” he wrote.

“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 repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” he added.

Cordileone was ratioed at the time by Pelosi groupies who seemingly believed the then-speaker was above the rules of Catholicism.


Continuing her remarks to Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice, Pelosi also attacked Cordileone and other Catholic bishops for being against so-called “transgender rights,” such as the alleged right for men who “identify” as women to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.

“We have had very negative, anti-LGBTQ stuff coming from our archbishop and others,” she said, specifically zeroing in on transgender surgeries for kids.

“Right now our challenge is trans kids, that in certain states they will arrest you if you try to meet the health needs of your trans child. They will call that child abuse. So yeah, some of it is stirred up by some of the more conservative leaders in the Church. It’s sad to say — not His Holiness,” she added.

Returning to the issue of abortion, she bizarrely claimed that she’s a true “pro-life” champion because of the fact she’s had kids.

“I was raised in a family that you would describe probably as ‘pro-life,’ although I think I’m pro-life because I care about children, because I had five children in six years and one week … so I keep saying to my members, you got five kids in six years? You want to talk about this subject?” she said.

Last but not least, Pelosi slammed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for its opposition to Obamacare. She claimed members of the USCCB “were mischaracterizing what was in that bill.”

“Today is the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, something that I’m very, very proud of. But all I can say about how we passed that is, thank God for the nuns, thank God for the nuns because they offset the bishops,” she said.


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