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ABC’s “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg is under fire after she went on an offensive rant against the San Francisco Archbishop who barred House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion over her support of abortion.
During another off-the-rails segment on the show, the panel discussed San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone releasing a letter saying Pelosi will no longer be admitted to Holy Communion given she supports abortion.
Goldberg claimed the Archbishop has no business deciding whether Pelosi can receive Holy Communion or not.
“The abortion rights battle is starting to blur the lines between church and state. The archbishop of San Francisco is calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be denied receiving communion because of her pro-choice stance,” Goldberg said.
“He’s one of the priests who also called for President Biden to be denied sacrament. This is not your job, dude. That is not — you can’t — that is not up to you to make that decision. You know, what’s the saying? It’s kind of amazing, but, you know, what is the point of communion, right? It’s for sinners. It’s the — for — for sinners. It’s the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners. How dare you? How dare you?” she rudely declared.
Last week, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that Pelosi is banned from receiving Holy Communion due to her pro-choice stance on abortion.
Abortion is strictly forbidden in the Catholic church but some Democrats who claim to be Catholic, like Pelosi and President Joe Biden, have been advocates for abortion rights.
In a letter penned to Pelosi, the Archbishop informed her that she should not attempt to receive Holy Communion and, if she does, priests are to deny her.
“The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on the Church in the Modem World, Gaudium et Spes, reiterated the Church’s ancient and consistent teaching that ‘from the first moment of conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes’. Christians have, indeed, always upheld the dignity of human life in every stage, especially the most vulnerable, beginning with life in the womb. His Holiness, Pope Francis, in keeping with his predecessors, has likewise been quite clear and emphatic in teaching on the dignity of human life in the womb,” he said in the letter.
“This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in how they live their lives, especially those entrusted with promoting and protecting the public good of society. Pope St. John Paul II was also quite consistent in upholding this constant teaching of the Church and frequently reminded us that “those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose’ any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them” (cf. Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life [November 24, 2002], n. 4, §1). A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion’ (Code of Canon Law, can. 915),” the Archbishop said.
“In striving to follow this direction, I am grateful to you for the time you have given me in the past to speak about these matters. Unfortunately, I have not received such an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in federal law following upon passage of Texas Senate Bill 8 last September. That is why I communicated my concerns to you via letter on April 7, 2022, and informed you there that, should you not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” he said.
“As you have not publicly repudiated your position on abortion, and continue to refer to your Catholic faith in justifying your position and to receive Holy Communion, that time has now come. Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be “concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication, I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” he said.