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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Nancy Pelosi reportedly received Holy Communion at a Mass in the Vatican.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House speaker met with Pope Francis and received Holy Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, according to the Associated Press.
This grave offense comes after San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordileone barred Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion last month, saying "After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion."
After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/l7M85CyG86— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) May 20, 2022
The Democrat leader attended the pope's Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul while she was vacationing with family in Rome.
She sat in a VIP diplomatic section of the Basilica and two eyewitnesses reported the leftist politician having received Holy Communion during that Mass.
Pelosi has not adhered to Abp. Cordileone's directives, which incentivized her to reconsider her decades-long support for abortion — or at least stop masquerading as a practicing Catholic.
"What this means to women is such an insult. It's a slap in the face to women about using their own judgment to make their own decisions about their reproductive freedom," the California Democrat opined.
Pope Francis has been silent on the glaring issue of fake Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion while they publicly and passionately live a mortally sinful lifestyle.
Last year, the pontiff met with fake Catholic President Joe Biden.
Biden, an abortion advocate, told the Associated Press Francis called him a "good Catholic" and encouraged him to keep receiving Holy Communion.
"We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion," Biden alleged.
While the Vatican has yet to explicitly condemn individual "Catholic" politicians for their sinful beliefs, in 2004, the then-head of the Vatican's doctrinal office, Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger, wrote about denying politicians Holy Communion.
At the time, the Democrat nominee for president, John Kerry, an abortion advocate, was on the campaign trail claiming to be Catholic. Few U.S. bishops took any concrete action against Kerry, despite Ratzinger's letter urging them to do so.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Sacred Scripture clearly outline the sinful nature of abortion and who is worthy of receiving the Holy Eucharist.
"Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law," paragraph 2271 of the CCC reads.
In paragraph 2273, the CCC explicitly condemns any legislation that "deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them," explaining the state is then "denying the equality of all before the law."
In 1 Corinthians 11:27, 29 St. Paul makes it clear that those who unworthily receive Holy Communion, either in disbelief or in a state of mortal sin, will bring judgment upon themselves: "Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord. ... For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord."
Because the Church's teaching is so well-defined and rooted in Holy Scripture, many Catholics have expressed frustration with dissident Catholic celebrities and politicians for being allowed by bishops to publicly live contrary to Church teaching.
"Pelosi waiting in line to receive Communion is akin to a murderer waiting in line to pay his respects to his victim," remarked Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.
CatholicVote, a pro-life super PAC, also condemned Pelosi's actions.
"Shameful. Demoralizing. And a scandal. The most prominent advocate in the United States for killing unborn children should not receive Communion in the Catholic Church, period," the group tweeted.