According to LifeNews, “Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he formally notified U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week that she is not allowed to receive communion unless she repents for her abortion advocacy.”

As far as I’m concerned, this has been a long time coming.  I have been patiently waiting for the Catholic Church to finally take a stand against this hypocritical woman (and others) for years. 

First of all, I’d like to provide full disclosure:   I was raised Catholic from birth.  I do not (if I may use today’s vernacular) “identify” as Catholic today, but rather, “Christian.” Why?  Because I firmly believe that one should follow the rules.  A religion is made up of rules and if you like the rules, so be it.  If you don’t like the rules, find another religion.  I also believe that people should comply with the rules of the religion; religion should not bend to the will of its followers, moral relativism or the trend of the day.  But that’s just me. 

I have absolutely no problem with its position on any issues, except two:  birth control and the ability of priests to marry. I am an ardent proponent of the former (but not, of course, abortion pills) and see absolutely no reason why priests should not marry.  Intelligent men can walk and chew gum at the same time. I see no reason why men who choose the priesthood cannot compartmentalize their spiritual and familial duties and carry out both highly successfully. 

I have not been to Confession in decades, so, when I go to Mass with my Catholic family at Christmas, I don’t receive Holy Communion.  Confession is a pre-requisite to receiving Holy Communion and I believe it is an affront to receive Holy Communion without first going to Confession.  I will, however, approach the altar and receive a blessing from the priest.

But that’s just me. I have no interest in anyone else’s belief system or their relationship with their Church.

Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, is a whole other story. She is the ultimate hypocrite.   Quoting here from The Epoch Times, “Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a ‘choice.’” According to Life News, “Pelosi professes to be a devout Catholic but supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to birth and wants to force taxpayers to pay for their deaths. 

Under her leadership, the U.S. House passed a radical pro-abortion bill last fall that would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth nation-wide even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.  Pelosi wants to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and force nuns who serve the poor and elderly to cover contraception that may cause abortions in their employee health plans.  Once, she even called late-term abortions ‘sacred ground.’”  Sacred ground?  In what alternate reality does this woman live? 

Obviously, she has never read the words of Jesus in relation to the harming of children, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”  (Luke 17:2)

I’ve heard it argued that her political positions on abortion do not necessarily reflect her personal feelings.  To that I say, “That’s either B.S.  or she’s schizophrenic.”  Nancy Pelosi actively encourages people to turn away from God and expressly promotes the taking of innocent human life. 

I find it comforting that the U.S. Bishops are now welcoming this decision by Archbishop Cordileone, despite the Pope’s discouraging them to take a firm stand at their meeting last year.  Last November, they met to consider whether President Joe Biden, another so-called Catholic (and hypocrite) who supports and encourages the killing of babies, should continue to receive Holy Communion.  Most unfortunate was their final document which fell far short of refusing Holy Communion to the President or others who support abortion rights.  The document — which passed with 222 in favor, eight against and three abstentions — would need Vatican approval before any action is taken that would directly target any elected official. 

I’m guessing the Archbishop had enough of the hypocrisy and made his own decision sans approval from Pope Francis.  I just hope pressure isn’t put on him to reverse his decision, and if there is pressure, that he does not succumb to it.

For me, it was extremely disappointing that Pope Francis, himself, had not made any public statement at the time of President Biden’s visit to the Vatican last October.  The Pope is very vocal about many issues including capitalism, global warming and the war in Ukraine.  Yet, for some unknown reason, he chooses to walk a very thin line when it comes to so-called Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion when they actively encourage and promote the killing of babies. 

But, as far as I’m concerned, if the Pope cannot make a definitive statement against those “Catholics” regarding the most fundamental tenet, what good is he?  As I said, I don’t consider myself Catholic but am totally disgusted with this Pope’s lack of moral leadership in this regard. 

So, in this case, I definitely get Archbishop Cordileone’s stance but don’t get the Pope’s; if you do, God bless you. 

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