Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 21, 2022 / 11:15 am (CNA).
So far only a small minority of U.S. bishops have come out publicly in support of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone's May 20 announcement that he is barring Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, her home diocese, until she repudiates her longstanding advocacy of abortion.
There are 194 dioceses and archdioceses in the U.S. Here is a list of those bishops who have spoken in favor of Cordileone's action, as of May 21. Please send updates, with links to online statements if available, to email@example.com.
Diocese of Oakland
+Michael Barber: "I support @ArchCardileone in the heroic and compassionate stance he took today in the protection and defense of human life. As @Pontifex said, 'Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.'"— Diocese of Oakland (@oakdiocese) May 20, 2022
Diocese of Santa Rosa
Bishop Robert Vasa said on May 20 that he spoke to the pastor of St. Helena Catholic Church in St.Helena, a parish that Pelosi reportedly attends on occasion.
Vasa said, "I have visited with the pastor at St Helena 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 [has] its own possible penalties," he said.
Archdiocese of Denver
I support and commend my brother bishop, Archbishop Cordileone, for making this courageous, compassionate, and necessary decision. Read my full statement:https://t.co/lrPvvRjBbP https://t.co/jOOIZafbRr— Archbishop Aquila (@ArchbishopDen) May 20, 2022
Diocese of Springfield
I fully support and earnestly commend Archbishop Cordileone's action in regard to Speaker Pelosi. All politicians who promote abortion should not receive holy Communion until they have repented, repaired scandal, and been reconciled to Christ and the Church. https://t.co/TTncsZWVu2— Bishop Paprocki (@BishopPaprocki) May 20, 2022
Diocese of Lincoln
I support Archbishop Cordileone in his courageous pastoral outreach to a member of his flock. His actions are made as a shepherd with the heart of Christ. https://t.co/mRGCtE2ZN3— James D Conley (@bishop_conley) May 20, 2022
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
I applaud the courage of Archbishop Cordileone and his leadership in taking this difficult step. Let us continue to pray for Abp. Cordileone, priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Speaker Pelosi, for the protection of the unborn, and for the conversion of hearts and minds. https://t.co/Nw4jH25sHy— Archbishop Paul S. Coakley (@ArchbishopOKC) May 20, 2022
Diocese of Tyler
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Archbishop Cordileone for loving Nancy Pelosi in the Truth of Jesus Christ! https://t.co/JVLofcg5IV— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) May 20, 2022
Diocese of Spokane
After many attempts to engage speaker Nancy Pelosi in a conversation about her support for abortion, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has announced that speaker Pelosi is to refrain from receiving holy communion until she answers the call to repentance.— Bishop Thomas Daly (@Bishop_Daly) May 21, 2022
Diocese of Green Bay
(1/4) I wish to express my strong support for Archbishop Cordileone's decision stating he has publicly declared that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi not be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/OmdlDhJHKZ— Bishop David Ricken (@BpDavidRicken) May 21, 2022
Diocese of Madison
Bishop Donald Hying supported Cordileone, saying: "I fully support Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's prudent decision to recognize that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, has persistently taken public positions in support of legal abortion, contrary to her professed Catholic faith, choosing to separate herself from full communion with the Catholic Church, and therefore is not to present herself for the reception of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco."
Hying said that "Cordileone's public statement made it clear that this serious measure is 'purely pastoral, not political' in a further attempt '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…'"