Nancy Pelosithe Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, who is barred from receiving communion in her hometown of San Francisco because she supports abortion rights, took the sacrament at a Mass celebrated by the Pope Francisco on Wednesday.
A witness said that the Democrat, who is Catholic and is visiting Rome, received communion from a priest in a section of St. Peter’s Basilica during a papal mass on the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Pope does not give communion himself at such ceremonies.
Although the conservative archbishop of the city, Salvatore Cordileoneprohibits Pelosi from receiving it in San Francisco, Pelosi regularly receives communion at a parish in Washington, DC, where the capital’s archbishop allows it.
The Pope has no control over who receives communion during papal masses and it was unclear if he knew Pelosi was in the basilica. Anyone wishing to take the sacrament simply approaches one of the dozens of priests who fan out through the massive basilica.
Pelosi believes that the Supreme Court’s decision is cruel
Last month, Cordileone issued an order against Pelosi taking communion in his archdiocese. The order stated that “she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until publicly repudiate your support for the ‘right’ to abortion and confess and receive absolution for your cooperation in this evil.”
Pelosi has described as cruel, scandalous and heartbreaking Last week’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade that recognized the constitutional right of women to abortion throughout the country.
Ironically, the mass was also attended by the Republican Newt Gingrichwho was also the speaker of the House, who is one of Pelosi’s political opponents and who has welcomed Friday’s Supreme Court decision.
Both Pelosi and Gingrich attended a reception on Tuesday night of Independence Day at the residence of Joe Donnelly, the US ambassador to the Vatican.
Biden visit to the Vatican
Last October, the US president, Joe Biden, who is also a Catholic, received communion while attending mass at the church in Rome, a day after meeting Pope Francis. Biden later said that the pontiff had told him that he is a “good catholic” who can receive the sacrament.
Biden is the second US Catholic president, after John F. Kennedy. He has said that he personally opposes abortion but, as an elected official, you cannot impose your views to others.
Pope Francis does not support the politicization of the communion that the bishops of the United States do. «Communion is not a prize for the perfect Communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and the Church of him,” the pope told reporters last year when asked about the debate in the United States.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism