A noted Catholic canon lawyer has again called upon his church to bar former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif., photo) from receiving Holy Communion.
Ed Peters, who blogs at “In Light of the Law,” reiterated his earlier legal opinion on Pelosi in light of her vociferous support for the Obama administration’s edict that Catholic employers must provide, with no co-pays, insurance coverage for contraceptives, including birth control pills and other abortifacients. Catholic teaching enjoins the faithful from using contraception to stymie pregnancy.
Pelosi is famous for refusing to obey the teachings of her church. But no bishops seem to have the courage to discipline the famous leftist from San Francisco. Indeed, the “devout Catholic,” as she describes herself, said she has “great respect for our bishops when they are my pastor [sic]. As lobbyists in Washington D.C., we have some areas of disagreement."
Abortion and contraception, it seems, are two of those areas.
Why No Communion
Pelois is one of the loudest supporters of abortion in Congress despite her Catholic faith, which says abortion is murder and a mortal sin.
Pelosi’s bishops, apparently, have not publicly admonished Pelosi and instructed her not to receive communion. Catholics believe the communion wafer they consume at Mass is the real body and blood of Christ. Catholics must not receive communion in a state of mortal sin; i.e., a state of sin that — if not reconciled sacramentally beforehand — would send one to Hell upon death.
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