Contending Nancy Pelosi is on the “morally right side” of issues such as health care and poverty, the San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board called on Pope Francis to remove the archbishop who announced he would deny the House speaker Holy Communion because of her support for abortion.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was being disloyal to Jesus Christ, not Pelosi, the board insisted.
Instead of “punishing” Pelosi, the members wrote, the archbishop should punish “right-wing politicians” who vote “against health care or funding for the poor,” Fox News Digital reported.
Pelosi, the board said, is a role model for women and a leader who has “consistently fought on the morally right side of these issues.”
“It is Nancy Pelosi, not Archbishop Cordileone, who reflects the true spirit of Christian care in the City of St. Francis,” the board declared.
“Cordileone’s chief loyalty is not to Christ, but to the cabal of far-right American bishops led by Raymond Leo Burke, a Catholic prelate who has led a continual campaign to undermine Pope Francis’ authority,” the members wrote.
Cordileone – after numerous appeals over many years – told Pelosi in a letter Friday that she cannot receive Communion while vowing to codify Roe v. Wade.
“You are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” he wrote.
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The board repeated its call for Pope Francis to remove Cordileone “and replace him with a leader who can unify rather than divide.”
“Cordileone’s radical conservative politics might attract more people to the faith in places like Oklahoma or Texas, but his partisan pomposity will win no converts in San Francisco,” the board said.
Last year, Cordileone wrote a pastoral letter that indicated he opposed President Biden, a lifelong Catholic, receiving communion because of his support for abortion.
“If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” the archbishop wrote in a pastoral letter that did not specify Biden or Pelosi by name.
Pope Francis is a critic of the free enterprise system despite the fact it has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system in world history.
In his third encyclical, in 2020, he declared the coronavirus pandemic proved that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and the world needs new systems that promote equality and unity.
Francis asserted it should be clear that it is not enough to “refine” existing systems. He charged that the “perverse” global economic system keeps the poor on the margins while enriching the few.
He opposes a right to property for individuals, contending a “social purpose” and common good must come from sharing the Earth’s resources.
In November 2018, as WND reported, progressive filmmaker Michael Moore claimed Francis told him capitalism is a sin and urged Moore to continue making his left-leaning documentaries.
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