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Friday, April 4, 2014

Did SF Archdiocese Put Nancy Pelosi on Probation From Communion in the Catholic Church?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, seen here in a lovely pink top, doesn't think gays should marry.
  • SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, seen here in a lovely pink top, doesn't think gays should marry.

This week, Right Wing News reported that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone indicated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi shouldn't receive Holy Communion anymore, because of her positions deviate from the teachings of the church.

As you recall, the Archbishop drew the ire of the LGBT community when he assumed office in part because he was a strong supporter of Prop 8, the now-defeated gay marriage ban.

So now is the Archbishop really looking to "excommunicate" Pelosi?

According to Catholic Archdiocese spokesperson Christine A. Mugridge, His Holiness never said such a thing. "To date, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has not released any specific statement directed at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi," Mugridge said in an email to SF Weekly. "Headlines from news agencies may have indicated this in error."

It appears that could be the case. Right Wing News story links to a post at, another right wing site. According to CNS, the statement about Pelosi was actually made by Cardinal Raymond Burke, chief justice at the Vatican. "I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is," Burke said referring to the Minority Leader's position on abortion.

On March 27, Pelosi was honored by Planned Parenthood with the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood.

CNS credits Archbishop Cordileone with a more generic statement that doesn't specifically call out Pelosi: "Catholics who are dissenting from defined church teaching in a serious way must not receive Holy Communion. A Catholic must regulate one's life according to what the church teaches. So it's belief and practice, faith and morals."

The Archbishop was a speaker at San Francisco's Walk For Life West Coast.

In addition to being an advocate for choice, Congresswoman Pelosi is a strong supporter or marriage equality, which Archbishop Cordileone opposes.

In a KQED Newsroom interview with Scott Shafer on December 16, 2013, Archbishop Cordileone reiterated his opposition to marriage equality. He expressed his willingness to dialogue with LGBT people and acknowledged the hurt that LGBT people experience.

"People have suffered," he said. "This tenderizes us. We're not going to change each others minds, but we can live together in a human way because we love each other as brothers and sisters, even though we have this sharp divide."

Needless to say, Cordileone's views have not sat well with LGBT people and their allies.

Rev. Bea Chun, an out lesbian, was recently installed as Pastor at St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco. "Like many others I am developing great hope for the Catholic Church as I watch and witness the remarkable new pope," she said. "Too bad that such humility cannot be found in all people who claim to be followers of Christ."

Pastor Chun plans to marry her partner in about 10 days.

"I think Cordileone needs to take the advice of Pope Francis and stop judging," said David Lago, a San Francisco resident who's not gay, but supports the LGBT agenda.

Time will tell if the Archbishop changes his mind.

Congresswoman Pelosi's office did not respond to our request for a comment.

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