Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reportedly received communion during a Sunday mass despite her archbishop banning her from the practice, Politico Playbook reported Monday.
Pelosi reportedly took Holy Communion at the 9 a.m. mass at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, according to Politico Playbook. Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone notified Pelosi and the city’s clergyman of the ban due to the “grave evil she is perpetrating” by supporting the legalization of abortion.
The church’s pastor, Father Kevin Gillespie, said last year he would hand President Joe Biden Communion at the altar despite his pro-abortion viewpoints.
“Everyone is welcome,” he said. “He’s a man of faith, and I would give Communion to him like any other Catholic coming up for the Eucharist.”
“It’s really an encounter with God,” Gillespie told The Atlantic. “For Biden, this “sacred and intimate moment” is a “gift that enhances his faith, and it energizes his witness,” and “we most certainly encourage him to improve his intimacy with God through the Eucharist.”
Gillespie did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.
The Archdiocese of Washington accidentally notified the Washington Examiner via email that they will ignore any media requests on where Archbishop of Washington Wilton Cardinal Gregory will “bring down the hammer” on the Speaker. Gregory previously said the president is welcome to attend Mass in his archdiocese, the Atlantic reported.
“Just sharing for you to know what comes in,” the email said. “Email since Saturday, when I checked the comms inbox has just been a couple of random people wanting to tell the Cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Aside from Jack Jenkins at RNS, this is the only new media inquiry. It will be ignored, too.”
WOW. Washington Archdiocese accidentally sent this email to @dcexaminer admitting that it is ignoring press inquiries about whether @WashArchbishop will “bring down the hammer on Pelosi.” pic.twitter.com/KPtY6gpZzu
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) May 23, 2022
Catholic teaching states any person “conscious of grave sin” is not permitted to receive communion or celebrate Mass “without previous sacramental confession,” according to the Vatican’s code on Canon Law. As Catholics believe the Eucharist to be the body of Jesus Christ, a person of faith receiving the Eucharist does so in the “highest honor” and worships it in “the highest adoration.” (RELATED: ‘How Dare You?’: Whoopi Goldberg Rages At Archbishop Denying Nancy Pelosi Communion)
The Church teaches that “human life begins at conception” and that abortion is a “moral evil” and “gravely wrong,” according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pelosi has pushed for legalized abortion and has previously identified as a “devout Catholic.” In 2021, she said “poor women” need taxpayer funded abortion as “an issue of health, as an issue of fairness.” She called former President Donald Trump’s call to ban late-term abortion “really quite a sad thing” in 2019.
“It’s really quite a sad thing when you know that we’ll be talking about something that applies to the health and life — health and ability to have other children of women,” she said, in reference to Trump. “I hope that in his family, he never has to face that crisis and apply his attitude toward it.”
Cordileone talked with Pelosi last year about abstaining from Holy Communion over being a pro-abortion Catholic.