This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received Communion while attending papal Mass at the Vatican, despite her public support for abortion rights and being barred from receiving Communion in her hometown as a result.
The Democrat, a self-proclaimed practicing Catholic, was administered Holy Communion while at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, reported the Associated Press. Others in attendance noted that Pelosi was seated in a VIP diplomatic section of the Church.
Pope Francis presided over the Mass. The Pope did not administer Communion to Pelosi. Instead, she received it from one of the many priests in the service.
However, she received a blessing from the Pope during a meeting with him earlier in the day.
Wednesday’s Mass occurs one month after the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, barred Pelosi from receiving Communion until she repents her public pro-choice stance.
“A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others,” Cordileone wrote in a public notification. “Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.’”
“I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” he continued.
Earlier this month, Pelosi was asked if she supports the Catholic Church, which labeled abortion as murder.
“Do you agree with Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II that abortion is murder?” a reporter asked Pelosi.
“What I agree on is that whatever I believe, agree with the pope on, is not necessarily what public policy should be in the United States as people make their own judgments, honor their own responsibilities, and attend to the needs of their families,” Pelosi responded.