San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said that priests should deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic public figures who “are unwilling or unable to abandon” their “advocacy for abortion” in a pastoral letter dated Saturday, May 1, reported ChurchMilitant.
Cordileone’s 17-page letter was titled “Before I Formed You in the Womb, I Knew You.“
In the letter, Cordileone proclaimed, “This must be stated with clarity: anyone who actively works to promote abortion shares some of the guilt for the abortions performed because of their actions.”
Cordileone’s letter came only days after The Associated Press reported that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops would hold a national meeting in June to consider whether or not to forbid President Joe Biden and other high-profile Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion at mass if they continued to be outspoken pro-abortion activists.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, who chairs the United States bishops’ pro-life committee, had slammed the Biden administration’s decision to purchase the bodies of unborn babies for testing only two weeks earlier.
“The bodies of children killed by abortion deserve the same respect as that of any other person,” the archbishop proclaimed. “Our government has no right to treat innocent abortion victims as a commodity that can be scavenged for body parts to be used in research.”
Cordileone rebuked public figures who support abortion, but he did not mention any such figures in the letter. One of the archdiocese’s most prominent parishioners, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is a lifelong abortion supporter.
Despite the church’s teachings on the subject, President Biden refers to himself as a pro-abortion Catholic.
“If their participation in the evil of abortion is not addressed forthrightly by their pastors, this can lead Catholics (and others) to assume that the moral teaching of the Catholic Church on the inviolate sanctity of human life is not seriously held,” Cordileone wrote. “The constant teaching of the Catholic Church from her very beginning, the repeated exhortations of every Pope in recent times up to and including Pope Francis, the frequent statements by the bishops of the United States, all make it clear what the teaching of the Catholic Church is in regard to abortion.”
In addition, Cordileone chastised clergy for allowing to fester the scandal caused by anti-life Catholics.
“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 told Catholic public figures. “To publicly affirm the Catholic faith while at the same time publicly rejecting one of its most fundamental teachings is simply dishonest.”
“I tremble that if I do not forthrightly challenge Catholics under my pastoral care who advocate for abortion, both they and I will have to answer to God for innocent blood,” he added.
Final, Cordileone concluded his argument with a clear message to elected officials who neglect or encourage the death of unborn children:
“You have the power to affect societal practices and attitudes. Always remember that you will one day have to render an account to God for your stewardship of this trust. You are in a position to do something concrete and decisive to stop the killing. Please stop the killing.”