Emmy Griffin / May 25, 2022

Pelosi Ignores the Discipline of Her Church

Her archbishop declared that she was not to be admitted to Holy Communion, which she blatantly ignored last Sunday.

When it comes to faith and being a part of the Church, submitting to the discipline of your pastor, priest, or in this case archbishop is important. They have the moral authority within their church. When a parishioner such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that she is above discipline, that is when others of her denomination should seriously start to question her faith.

The Catholic Church has always preached that abortion is a sin, and yet there has been reluctance among its bishops to censure parishioners. Not so for San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Since last September, he has sought to counsel Nancy Pelosi, who is part of his parish and therefore subject to his judgments under the Catholic Church hierarchy.

Pelosi has publicly stated her support for radical abortion policies. She even sponsored a bill that would attempt to codify Roe v. Wade and would in fact nullify any conscience protections of physicians, eliminate laws allowing doctors to provide other non-abortion options, bar bans on abortions past 20 weeks, and place a proscription on abortion bans based on the baby’s sex. Furthermore, and peculiarly, it would have instituted abortion rights for “transgender men” or so-called non-binary individuals, make abortion on demand more widely available (but also more medically dangerous), and, most importantly, circumvent laws that states have in place to prevent these appalling and evil measures.

Archbishop Cordileone, for his part, has attempted to speak with, pastor, and counsel Pelosi, who has obstinately ignored him. On April 7, Cordileone issued a letter to Pelosi, saying, “Should you not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

There was outcry from Catholics such as CNN anchor Jim Scuitto, who said that such an action was unheard of. He wrote: “12 years of Catholic school, altar boy, family deeply involved in our church, and never saw anyone banned from receiving communion. This is a deep fissure in the church — and a position Pope Francis himself doesn’t support.”

This is an outright falsehood. Pope Francis, though a social leftist, has said that Catholics who support and promote the practice of abortion are “outside the community” and that the sacrament of communion is for those “inside the community.” This is also a church discipline practice within the Protestant church. Those who are unrepentant of their sin are asked not to take communion by their church leaders. It is in fact a common practice, just maybe one that is not talked about because it is embarrassing to the person being disciplined.

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg said this nonsense: “Abortion rights battle is starting to blur the lines between church and state. The archbishop of San Francisco is calling for speaker Nancy Pelosi to be denied receiving communion because of her pro-choice stance. He’s one of the priests who also called for President Biden to be denied the sacrament. This is not your job, dude. That is not up to you to make that decision. What is the saying? It’s kind of amazing. What is the point of communion? It’s for sinners. It’s the reward of saints but the bread of sinners.” She then ended with the censorious, “How dare you?”

Goldberg criticizes the archbishop’s actions via a misconception and misapplication.

The misconception is that Cordileone is attacking the secular dogwhistle of “separation of church and state.” It is interesting to note that Catholics seem to be split politically, and their representation in Congress is emblematic of that. Many Catholic Democrats get around their church’s teaching against abortion by claiming that personally they are against abortion, but politically they are for it because they believe people should have the right to choose. It is inconceivable how one can justify that stance, and it’s a misunderstanding of the separation of church and state that Goldberg also iterates.

The misapplication is Goldberg’s claim that because Cordileone is swerving into the lane of politics (from her viewpoint), he is abusing his power — e.g., “It’s not your job.” It is 100% Archbishop Cordileone’s job. Pope Francis has delegated the authority to discipline Catholics who are sinning to their priests.

For her part, Pelosi has ignored her archbishop and has continued to receive Holy Communion at a Catholic church in DC.

To reiterate: When a parishioner such as Pelosi believes that she is above such discipline, that is when her denomination should seriously question her faith. That’s because she seems to more faithfully follow the religion of self, which is leftism.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service, are proud sponsors of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Folds of Honor, Honoring the Sacrifice, Warrior Freedom Service Dogs, Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, the Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.