The archbishop’s act marks a significant escalation of tension between the Roman Catholic Church and Catholic Democrat politicians on abortion.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone issued a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructing her not to present herself for Holy Communion at Mass and that priests will deny her if she attempts to present herself, according to Fox News.
“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,'” Cordileone wrote.
Pelosi has struggled with the Church for years as she staunchly supports abortion while simultaneously presents herself as a “devout, practicing” Catholic.
According to The Pillar, the bishop of the California diocese where Pelosi has a home says he will uphold the prohibition against her.
Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa told The Pillar he instructed priests in his diocese to observe the Archbishop’s decision.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington has not commented thus far.