Pelosi and Biden and Communion in Rome

by Steve Ray on March 20, 2013

Nancy Pelosi will not change on her own, by Canon Lawyer Dr. Edward Peters

(L’Osservatore Romano/AP)
Pope Francis meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, after his installation Mass at the Vatican on March 19, 2013.

Communion time in St. Peter’s is, for the vast majority of lay persons (not heads of state, and not folks chosen to receive from the pope), pretty much a mob scene, so there is nothing to be gleaned from the fact that Nancy Pelosi took holy Communion at Pope Francis’ installation Mass—nothing, that is, except that either Pelosi suffers from one of the most malformed consciences in the annals of American Catholic politics or that she is simply hell bent on using her Catholic identity to attack Catholic values at pretty much every opportunity. Certainly, Pelosi’s taking the Sacrament is not, in the slightest, a Roma locuta on pro-abortion Catholics and Communion.

Nancy Pelosi is America’s problem, not Rome’s, and it is obvious that, if left to her own lights, she will never mend her ways.

For her sake, therefore, and for those confused by the chronic scandal she gives, Pelosi needs to be formally warned against taking holy Communion for so long as she promotes, as consistent with our Catholic faith, a variety of gravely immoral policies (per cc. 916, 1339); ministers, meanwhile, in her environs need to be directed to withhold Communion from her till advised otherwise by the competent ecclesiastical authority (per c. 915).

U.S. News & World Report article

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Erick Ybarra March 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM


Thank you for posting this. Personally, I find it extremely difficult to accept that the Church would not openly deny her communion. This kind of obedience is very simple, in my perspective. It seems like the Church is afraid of the persecution, and I hope this is not it. But sometimes you have to stand up for Christ, this is the very thing that is lack in the Catholic Church (among the lay people) and part of the new evangelization is to do this.

Pete March 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

We need some courageous actions from the top of the Church. I’m not suggesting that the Pope has to take such actions but surely the American bishops need to take such actions as that of Clement VII. It mattered not to Clement if King Henry was king or not he was still a Catholic and had to abide by what the Catholic Church teaches. Clement did this even if it meant another schism in the Church. The truth can never be compromised and we need that example and direction from the top.

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