Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington in Virginia announced on his “Walk Humbly Podcast'' that he would respect Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to ban House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from Holy Communion, which is considered the highest sacrament within the Catholic Church.
“He is her bishop and as that bishop the direction and guidance he provides is not limited to just a geographical area,” the Bishop said.
Burbidge commented on how he knows Cordileone “very well” and knows that he is a man who loves God and his people. He noted that choices to ban someone from Communion and other decisions “are not political for bishops,” according to The Arlington Catholic Herald.
“They’re moral and they’re spiritual,” Burbidge said. “They’re the result of prayer and discernment. I can’t say it enough, (these) decisions are made for the good of individuals to guard the faithful from scandal.”
Bishop Robert F. Vasa of the Santa Rosa Diocese in California also joined Cordileone’s decision to bar Pelosi from Communion, according to CNS News. Pelosi owns a house and vineyard within that diocese and attends Mass there regularly. Vasa posted a statement on his website on May 20th titled, “Bishop Vasa statement on Archbishop Cordileone’s letter.”
Vasa said the following in the statement:
I have visited with the pastor at St. Helena [The parish Pelosi attends] and informed him that if the Archbishop prohibited someone from receiving Holy Communion then that restriction followed the person and that the pastor was not free to ignore it. The new Canon (1379§4) makes it clear that providing sacraments to someone prohibited from receiving them [carries] its own possible penalties.
Pelosi responded to Cordileone’s Communion ban on her in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this past Tuesday, saying that she respected opposing views on abortion that differ from hers, but didn’t think those views should be imposed on others.
“I come from a largely pro-life, Italian-American Catholic family, so I respect people's views about that, but I don’t respect us foisting it onto others,” the Speaker stated. “I wonder about the death penalty, which I am opposed to — so is the church — but they take no action against people who may not share their view.”
Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Diocese of Washington has implied that he won’t be commenting on Pelosi’s eligibility for the sacrament, according to America Magazine.
However, she did receive Holy Communion this past Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown, according to Politico.
Related MRCTV Twitter Video:
Nancy Pelosi needs to get her opinions straight on abortion, especially since she calls herself a "devout" Catholic. pic.twitter.com/u6NHfXdFRc— MRCTV (@mrctv) May 25, 2022