A noted pro-life leader is cheering a decision by a Catholic leader to bar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from receive Holy Communion over her pro-abortion stance while also ripping her for leading members of the Church “astray.”
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood executive who has since become a staunch pro-life advocate and Catholic, cheered a letter from the Archbishop of San Francisco in which he said that Pelosi would be barred from receiving communion after the Speaker has repeatedly voiced support for ‘abortion rights’ while also claiming she is a devout member of the faith.
“I could not be more elated as a practicing Catholic that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has finally barred Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving the most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion,” Johnson posted to her Facebook on Friday following his letter.
“In light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco … I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone said in the letter.
“This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in how they live their lives, especially those entrusted with promoting and protecting the public good of society,” the archbishop continued. “Pope St. John Paul II was also quite consistent in upholding this constant teaching of the Church, and frequently reminded us that those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose’ any law that attacks human life.”
Johnson said Pelosi being able to receive communion despite her long record of being pro-abortion “has been an ongoing scandal for many years.”
“Who knows how many Catholics she had led astray by proclaiming her ‘devout faith’ while advocating for the destruction of innocent life through abortion,” the pro-life advocate noted on her Facebook page. “This is our most sacred sacrament as Catholics and to receive it, one must be free of all mortal sin, including the public promotion of abortion, which Speaker Pelosi has been on the forefront of during her many years as a public figure in government.”
“This isn’t about judging someone’s soul or intentions,” Johnson emphasized. “It is about holding fast to the truth of our Catholic faith and the role of all bishops as shepherds of the Church.”
“Abortion is a grave matter and Nancy Pelosi has been on the wrong side of this debate for years, leading who knows how many Catholics astray,” she added. “It is my ardent hope and prayer that President Biden’s archbishop follows the lead of Archbishop Cordileone and forbids him from receiving the Holy Eucharist as well.”
The Daily Wire adds:
Johnson started working for Planned Parenthood under the impression that she would be helping young women, she has previously discussed. Then she learned that abortion was vital to the corporation’s bottom line, and their main concern.
The mother of seven recalled in 2020 that she was asked to assist a physician in an ultrasound-guided abortion. Johnson said she witnessed an “unborn baby desperate to move away from the suction” as the doctor callously joked, “Beam me up, Scotty.”
“The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb until succumbing to the force of the suction,” she said.
Her memoir, “Unplanned,” was made into a movie and released in 2019.