Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi professes to be a devout Catholic. Yet she supports virtually every political policy that goes against the tenets of the Catholic Church. She supports abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, full and privileged rights for LGBT people and more.
Her political stands have caused concern with the highest ranking American in the Vatican. Cardinal Raymond Burke is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura of Rome. The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is the highest judicial authority within the Catholic Church. The Prefect would be similar to the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Burke was interviewed by the Catholic Servant, a newspaper based in Minneapolis. During the interview, Burke spoke about Pelosi and her political views, saying:
“This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic.”
Burke went on to say that Pelosi and any other Catholic politician who supports abortion should be denied communion. He quoted Canon 915 as the reason from his statement concerning Pelosi. The Canon states:
“Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”
Burke pointed out that Pelosi has been repeatedly admonished for her stance on abortion and that she persists in a grave sin, saying:
“To say that these are simply questions of Catholic faith, which have no part in politics, is just false and wrong.”
“I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is.”
Earlier this year Pelosi was asked about her situation with the Catholic Church and her stand on abortion and she responded:
“As a practicing and respectful Catholic this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.”
That is the problem with many people in America today. They are expected to separate their religious faith from their daily lives, politics and the workplace. Yet, our faith is what should dictate everything we do, say and think 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Faith is not like a light bulb that you can turn on and off at will or when it’s convenient, rather it is the light that shines in us in everything we do. When someone like Pelosi operates the way she does and separates her faith from her life, it shows that she has become a slave to the world instead of a loyal follower of the church and Jesus Christ.
Sadly, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington DC said that communion should not be used a weapon and therefore he would not deny communion to Pelosi over the issue of abortion. Wuerl has been sucked into the perverted world of Washington politics that has seriously clouded his spiritual understanding of what communion is. Burke didn’t say anything about using it as a weapon. What he said is that as long as someone is obstinate and persists in their sin after being confronted of it that they are not worthy to receive communion.
I’m not Catholic, but in every Protestant church I’ve ever attended, everyone is instructed to not take part in communion if there is unconfessed sin in their lives or if there is anything between them and another person that has not been resolved. I think Cardinal Burke is absolutely correct in stating that Pelosi and other Catholic politicians that support abortion should be denied communion because they are not right with God and are persisting in sin.