So much for Vatican support for the anti-abortion movement! Well, Francis did call an abortionist one of 'Italy's forgotten greats'.
From the New York Post
By Callie PattesonHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi received Holy Communion while attending a papal Mass at the Vatican Wednesday — despite her public support for abortion rights that have led to her being barred from receiving Communion in her hometown of San Francisco.
The California Democrat was administered Holy Communion while at St. Peter’s Basilica, according to two witnesses, who told the Associated Press that Pelosi was seated in a VIP diplomatic section of the cathedral.
Pope Francis presided over the Mass — which was held to mark the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul— though the pontiff did not administer Communion to Pelosi. Instead she received it from one of the many priests taking part in the service.
Pelosi did, however, receive a blessing from the pope during a meeting with him earlier in the day. She was accompanied by her husband Paul, who was charged in California last week with DUI causing injury following a drunk driving arrest over Memorial Day weekend.
Wednesday’s Mass took place one month after the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, barred Pelosi from receiving Communion until she repents of 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.
Other Roman Catholic archbishops across the country quickly followed suit with similar bans against the speaker.
Pelosi has long publicly supported federal abortion rights and sought to codify the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into law before it was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 24.
Last week, Pelosi called the decision to overturn the ruling “outrageous and heart-wrenching.”
Earlier this month, the speaker was pressed on Catholic and social beliefs by a reporter who asked: “Do you agree with Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II that abortion is murder?”
“Do you agree with Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II that abortion is murder?” a reporter asked.
“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.
When pressed further, Pelosi blasted the politicization of the issue, calling it “uniquely American.”
“Let me just say this, a woman has the right to choose, to live up to her responsibility,” Pelosi said. “It’s up to her, her doctor, her family, her husband, her significant other, and her God. This politicizing all of this, I think it’s something uniquely American and not in other countries.