Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco explained his decision to deny Nancy Pelosi communion -
“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi 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, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
Cordileone wrote a letter to Pelosi -
“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,” … “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,” -Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, May 19, 2022
Cordileone also communicated the decision in separate correspondences to the priests in his care.
Because her residency is in the San Francisco Archdiocese, Cordileone has authority over her.
Cordileone has the support of -
Archbishop Aquila of Denver, CO
Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City, OK
Bishop Barber (Jesuit) of Oakland, CA
Bishop Conley of Lincoln, NE
Bishop Ricken of Green Bay, WI
Bishop Cary of Baker, OR
Bishop Hying of Madison, WI
Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, IL
Bishop Strickland of Tyler, TX
Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa, CA
Bishop Vasa, in whose diocese Pelosi has a winery/vacation home, said, “I have visited with the pastor at (Pelosi’s parish) [not revealed] and informed him that if the Archbishop prohibited someone from receiving Holy Communion, then that restriction followed the person and the pastor was not free to ignore it.”
Below is a color-coded map of the US dioceses. It is a complex system marked by straight and squiggly lines with an average of 350,000 Catholics in each diocese, but some are larger, some smaller. As archbishop, Cordelione governs the several dioceses of Northern California, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. He has the mutual support of the Latin Mass community of the Sacramento Diocese and beyond.
Cordelione has protective security. God holds us all in His hands, and, ultimately, all credit goes to Him.
Some Basic Facts
(rounded worldwide totals)
1.3 billion Catholics
800,000 Religious sisters
US Catholics: 71 million
From Wikipedia - "The Catholic Church is the world's oldest continuously functioning international institution. It is also the largest non-government provider of education and health care in the world, while the diplomatic status of the Holy See facilitates the access of its vast international network of charities. Some of these entities include 5,000 hospitals, 10,000 orphanages, 95,000 elementary schools, and 47,000 secondary schools.” In the US, over 720,000 students attend 221 Catholic colleges and universities.
Priests are spread throughout the world in all but a few countries, probably five. It is safe to say, on the basis of the number (415,000), Mass with distribution of Holy Communion is being said at every moment of every day.