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FRESNO, California (LifeSiteNews) — The bishop of Fresno, California has come out in strong support of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s May decision to bar pro-abortion Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California from presenting herself for Holy Communion.

In a June 6 open letter addressed to priests, deacons, seminarians, and the Catholic faithful, Bishop Joseph V. Brennan wrote that he had “been wanting to write in support of Archbishop Cordileone for several weeks now.”

“He has taken a lot of heat, in and out of the Church for standing up for what’s right,” the bishop said in the letter.

Last month, Cordileone generated widespread controversy when he instructed Pelosi, an outspokenly pro-abortion Democrat and self-professed Catholic, not to present herself for Holy Communion until she repudiates her “advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion,” and confesses and receives absolution for “this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.”

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has told Nancy Pelosi, a pro-abortion Democrat, not to present herself for Holy Communion. 

The archbishop is doing this to not only protect our Lord from sacrilege, but also to call Nancy Pelosi to repent from the grave sin of promoting abortion and from the sacrilegious communions that follow.

Archbishop Cordileone will now encounter sustained pressure to roll-back his decision, so we must stand with him today.

SIGN and SHARE this petition to stand with Archbishop Corileone as protects our Lord and Nancy Pelosi from further sacrilegious communions. 

The Eucharist is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ and no Catholic who has committed a mortal sin is to receive Holy Communion until confessing that sin in the Sacrament of Confession.

Nancy Pelosi's soul is in grave danger, not least because of sacrilegious communions as she continues a career-long crusade in support of killing unborn babies, and so the archbishop has done the most charitable thing possible in calling her to repentance and barring her from Holy Communion until she repents.

We must stand with this brave shepherd today, whom the people of San Francisco are lucky to call their archbishop.

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Pelosi said in March that that abortion “isn’t about what is your religious belief” and that “this really gets me burned up, in case you didn’t notice, because, again, I’m very Catholic – devout, practicing, all of that. They would like to throw me out, but I’m not going,” she joked, “because I don’t want to make their day."

What she doesn't understand is that her soul is at risk because of her support for spilling the innocent blood of unborn babies. 

In a letter last month to Pelosi, Archbishop Cordileone made clear that “should you [Pelosi] not [publicly] repudiate your advocacy for abortion ‘rights’ or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” 

In announcing that the Speaker of the House is barred from Holy Communion, Cordileone made clear that he "will continue to offer up prayer and fasting for you [Pelosi].”

This is the heart of a true shepherd - Cordileone is a father willing to undergo all manner of insults and ridicule from the media and lukewarm Catholics in order to call one of his flock back to the fold.

SIGN the petition today to stand with Archbishop Cordileone as he faces into a storm of criticism.

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“He chose this course of action for her persistent stand in support of abortion and for her recent participation in an effort to codify into Federal law the right to take the life of an innocent, unborn child so as to enshrine that right in the law of the land,” Brennan explained in the letter. “The Archbishop has done his due diligence and has made consistent attempts for a number of years to communicate with the Speaker about authentic Church teaching in this regard.”

“In other words, like a good pastor, he is trying to lead her away from a very sinful situation. He is caring for her soul,” the bishop added.

The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist is the literal Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. According to Church teaching, no Catholic who is in a state of mortal sin may present himself for Holy Communion until he has confessed his sin and received absolution in the Sacrament of Confession.

“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’ (Code of Canon Law, can. 915),” Cordileone wrote.

According to Bishop Brennan, receiving Communion “while at the same time publicly ignoring and positively working against essential Church teaching and practice” and “promoting something that is intrinsically evil” amounts to “immense spiritual hubris and hypocrisy.”

While noting there is “more than enough hypocrisy to go around these days — in my own life too,” Brennan argued that Catholic politicians have used their reception of the Eucharist as a “virtue-signaling moment” to demonstrate their “Catholic credentials.”

“The problem with most abortion-promoting Catholic politicians is that they do not seem to be acknowledging the sin in any of this,” he said. “Even if they somehow acknowledge the sin in the depth of their soul and their conscience as they approach the Eucharist, something which only they and God can know, they cannot publicly persist in this sin.”

In the letter. Brennan also blasted an unnamed “entertainer” on the left-wing daytime talk show The View, who had asserted it was not Cordileone’s “job” to bar Pelosi from Communion over her abortion views.

Last month, Whoopi Goldberg drew significant backlash when she criticized Cordileone during a segment of The View, claiming, “This is not your job, dude! That is not up to you to make that decision.”

READ: ‘Not your job’: Whoopi Goldberg launches bizarre attack on Abp. Cordileone over Pelosi’s Holy Communion ban

“It is his job to teach, to correct, to admonish, and, if necessary, to impose sanctions,” Brennan explained in his open letter. “It is his job (everyone’s job in fact) to point things out to and charitably correct anyone who is in a sinful situation. That is even more important to do when the person and the situation are so public, persistent, and brazen.”

In the conclusion of his letter, Brennan reaffirmed his support for Cordileone’s decision, noting it was a “personally challenging” decision that “encourages all of us to engage in the same kind of dialogue with Catholic politicians in our own jurisdictions about these very same issues.”

Meanwhile, Brennan isn’t the only U.S. bishop to publicly support Cordileone’s pastoral decision.

A week after Cordileone issued the formal admonition to Pelosi, Bishop Michael Burbidge announced that the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, will also respect the ban on Holy Communion for Pelosi.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas has similarly moved to ban Pelosi from receiving the Eucharist in his diocese.

“The concern for Mrs. Pelosi’s eternal salvation extends to the Diocese of Tyler,” Strickland tweeted. “She is barred from Communion here until she repents & stops advocating the murder of children. Pray for her heart to be turned to God & away from the power of this world.”

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