DC Archdiocese mistakenly gives candid response to Pelosi’s fellowship denial – Catholic World Report

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Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington takes possession of the Immacolata Concezione di Maria a Grottarossa in Rome, September 27, 2021 / Courtney Mares.

Denver Newsroom, May 23, 2022 / 5:43 p.m. (CNA).

The Archdiocese of Washington’s communications office incorrectly told a reporter Monday that media inquiries related to Nancy Pelosi’s denial of Holy Communion by her bishop “will be ignored.”

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, the local ordinary for U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, announced Friday that Pelosi cannot be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, nor must she appear to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates it long-standing support for abortion.

Since Cordileone’s announcement, many bishops have publicly made known their support for the action of Cordileone. Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa — which includes a Pelosi vacation home in Napa — said he would also uphold Cordileone’s decision not to admit him to communion and ordered his priests to do so.

A journalist writes for the Washington Examiner had contacted the Archdiocese of Washington, led by Cardinal Wilton Gregory, for comment on the matter, since Pelosi spends much of his time in the nation’s capital. The reporter received an email response from the communications office, apparently sent in error.

“Just sharing so you know what’s coming,” the email read. “The emails since Saturday when I last checked the communications inbox were just a few random people wanting to tell the Cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Aside from Jack Jenkins at [Religion News Service], this is the only new media survey. It will also be ignored.

When the reviewer asked for clarification, archdiocesan spokeswoman Patricia Zapor told the reporter that Cardinal Gregory would not comment publicly on the matter.

“I apologize for the erroneous email. We have not responded to inquiries on this subject because Cardinal Gregory’s position has not changed from what he has said in the past. ,” reads the follow-up email.

“Cardinal Gregory has no new comment on the issue of Catholic politicians receiving Communion. Bishop Cordileone’s actions are his decision in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Cardinal Gregory has not asked priests to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to refuse Communion to anyone.

Pelosi has long advocated for the legalization of abortion and announced in September 2021 that she seek to codify Deer. v. Wade in American law. Despite the ban on receiving her in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, Pelosi reportedly received communion May 22 during Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, Washington.

Cardinal Gregory told a reporter — Jack Jenkins of the Religion News Service — in 2020 that he would not deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

At the June 2021 U.S. Bishops’ Spring Meeting, Gregory cautioned against drafting an educational document on the Eucharist that would include language about the dignity of receiving Communion, especially among Catholic public figures. Some bishops critical of the motion have warned it will be interpreted as partisan smearing of pro-abortion Catholic politicians, particularly President Joe Biden.

In a May 20 letter to lay Catholics, Cordileone explained that he issued the instruction in accordance with canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which states that those “who stubbornly persevere in manifest grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion”.

“After many attempts to speak to her to help her understand the grave harm she is doing, the outrage she is causing and the danger she is risking to her own soul, I have determined that the time has come when 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.


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