Pelosi Receives Communion at Vatican

    Photo: Vatican Media via AP [via NPR]

    The Facts

    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is Catholic, received communion during a Wed. mass at the Vatican, continuing to defy a letter from the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore J. Cordileone, which said that she could no longer receive the sacrament due to her continued support of abortion access.

    • Pelosi pushed back on the Archbishop's decision in May, saying that she respects that people have opposing views but not when these views are imposed on others. Pelosi was also critical of the Archbishop's stance on LGBTQ rights.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Cordileone is an ultraconservative archbishop, and he's engaging in political theater to advance his views. Even the Vatican has warned against denying communion to politicians supportive of abortion rights, yet some American bishops think they can take matters into their own hands.

    Right narrative

    Cordileone is acting within the moral teachings of the Catholic church. It is sad that this is a necessary action to combat one of the gravest sins of modern times, and more bishops should speak up against this.

    Political split



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