The archbishop in San Francisco is calling the Catholic Church to deny prominent pro-abortion Catholics Communion, The Blaze reports.
On Saturday, a pastoral letter titled “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You” was issued by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in which he called on the Catholic Church to bar members “who erroneously, and sometimes stubbornly, promote abortion.”
“Prominent figures in society help to shape the mores of that society, and in our culture, their advocacy of abortion definitely leads others to do evil,” Cordileone wrote. “This must be stated with clarity: anyone who actively works to promote abortion shares some of the guilt for the abortions performed because of their actions.”
While Nancy Pelosi, who is pro-abortion and represents San Francisco in Congress, is not mentioned by name, the archbishop’s words would apply to her and President Joe Biden. Both are Catholic pro-choice politicians.
“Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion,” Cordileone said.
“When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse a pastor has left is the public medicine of temporary exclusion from the Lord’s Table. This is a bitter medicine, but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it,” he added.
In the introduction to his letter, Cordileone asserted that promoting abortion negatively impacts human rights and other ethical norms.
“Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights: when our culture encourages the violation of life at its youngest and most vulnerable condition, other ethical norms cannot stand for long,” the archbishop warned.
“Our responsibility to the rest of the Catholic community is to assure them that the Church of Jesus Christ does take most seriously her mission to care for ‘the least of these,'” he added.
Archbishop Cordileone is not the only one who has spoken out against pro-choice Catholics and politicians.
Last week, as reported by Christian Headlines, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that they are considering a ban on President Biden and other pro-choice politicians from taking Communion.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.