Archbishop bans Speaker Pelosi from communion; SNAP responds

(For Immediate Release May 21, 2022) 


The Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, announced Friday that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has been barred from receiving communion in his Archdiocese due to her pro-choice stance. This is certainly not the first time that the Archbishop has spoken out publicly against politicians who support abortion rights, yet we cannot help but note that he has yet to publish a list of the clerics who molested boys and girls in his Archdiocese, unlike the majority of his peers.

In banning Speaker Pelosi from the receiving communion, the archbishop opined, "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." We believe the same can be said about Catholic clergy who sexually abuse children, and we wonder if all of them were similarly banned from receiving communion in the Archdiocese? Were the dozen clerics associated with San Francisco who were arrested, charged, indicted, or convicted of child sexual abuse allowed to continue approaching the cup?

In fact, priests accused of serious crimes against children are not only not usually banned from communion, but they also sometimes remain empowered to administer sacraments as well. Is raping a boy or girl not also a "grave sin?" Should Fr. David Ghiorso have been returned to active ministry while the lawsuit against him is still pending?  Should Fr. Daniel Carter have been left in ministry despite having a criminal complaint and a lawsuit filed against him?  Do Catholic prelates who have been complicit in transferring known perpetrators continue to give and take communion?

We find Archbishop Cordileone's position the epitome of hypocrisy. We ask that he refrain from public moralizing until he has done all that he can to make the children who attend his parishes, schools, and other facilities safe and to help those victimized in his Archdiocese heal. This grandstanding on one issue while refusing to come clean about the extent of abuse in his Archdiocese gets us further from that goal, not closer to it.

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager([email protected], 267-261-0578), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

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