Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop who denied communion to Nancy Pelosi
- Cordileone challenged Pelosi over her abortion stance several times in the past
- Speaking about his latest move, he said that the step was “purely pastoral, not political”
- In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named him as archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not be admitted to Holy Communion until she publicly renounces her support for abortion.
"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," Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in a tweet about the San Francisco Democrat.
The latest move comes a year after Cordileone and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego went head on over excluding from Communion politicians who support abortion rights like Pelosi and President Joe Biden, both of who are Catholic.
“To those who are advocating for abortion, I would say, ‘This is killing. Please stop the killing. You’re in a position to do something about it,’” Cordileone said last year in an interview with Catholic television network EWTN.
Cordileone, who previously served as bishop of the Diocese of Oakland in California from 2009 to 2012, challenged Pelosi over her abortion stance several times.
In 2021, she responded by saying: “The archbishop of the city, that area, of San Francisco, and I have a disagreement about who should decide this. I believe that God has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”
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“I keep saying to people who say things like that, when you have five children in six years and one day, we can talk about what business it is of any of us to tell anyone else what to do,” Pelosi added at the time, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “For us it was a complete and total blessing, which we enjoy every day of our lives, but it’s none of our business how other people choose the size and timing of their families.”
Cordileone, who was born in San Diego, California, was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of San Diego by Bishop Leo Maher on July 9, 1982.
Until 1985, he served as an associate pastor at Saint Martin of Tours Parish in La Mesa, California. After receiving a Doctor of Canon Law degree in 1989, he went back to San Diego where he was appointed as priest secretary to Bishop Robert Brom and a tribunal judge (1989–1990), adjutant judicial vicar (1990–1991), and pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Calexico, California (1991–1995).
On July 27, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Cordileone as archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Just before installation as archbishop, on August 26, 2012, Cordileone was arrested for DUI at a police checkpoint in San Diego.