The message was as unequivocal because it was highly effective. Pope Francis is not going to tolerate American bishops who attempt to politicize and weaponize communion in a weird try at conservative Catholic advantage signaling. Yesterday, the Pope had Nancy Pelosi seated in a VIP space of a papal mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican, the place, with out fanfare, Pelosi obtained communion. Based on NPR:
Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, throughout which Francis bestowed the woolen pallium stole on newly consecrated archbishops. She was seated in a VIP diplomatic part of the basilica and obtained communion together with the remainder of the congregants, in keeping with two individuals who witnessed the second.
Just like interesting to a better court docket, Pelosi sought the very best priest, who obtained her warmly, with full participation within the mass, in contrast to her residence diocese of San Francisco, the place San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvadore Cordileone lately stated that Pelosi can be denied communion as a result of her pro-choice advocacy.
Cordileone, a conservative, has stated Pelosi should both repudiate her assist for abortion or cease talking publicly of her Catholic religion.
This isn’t Pope Francis’s first robust message to political American bishops usually and Cordileone, particularly. With the retirement of Los Angeles’ Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Catholics anticipated the appointment of a brand new cardinal based mostly in California, with the high-ranking Archbishop Cordileone a pure successor. As of now, there are six American cardinals, situated in Boston, New York, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, and Houston. Pope Francis elevated the lower-ranking, however far much less political, Archbishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, as the brand new cardinal-designate (to be formally bestowed on August twenty seventh at St. Peter’s Basilica). McElroy has spoken strongly out about not “weaponizing the Eucharist.”
When the Faculty of Cardinals subsequent convenes, “Cardinal McElroy” will take part. “Archbishop Cordileone” will watch on tv, maybe regretting weaponizing his mouth.
The American Speaker of the Home and third in line to the presidency did not simply occur to seek out herself within the VIP part of a papal mass. Pope Francis did not simply “occur” to satisfy together with her and permit her to obtain communion like everybody else. At this stage, the extent of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pope Francis, there aren’t any accidents or coincidences. The comparatively liberal Jesuit, Pope Francis, despatched yet one more message to the politically conservative American bishops, in case there was nonetheless some confusion.
Jason Miciak believes a day with out studying is a day not lived. He’s a political author, options author, creator, and lawyer. He’s a Canadian-born twin citizen who spent his teen and school years within the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a younger lady, writing from the seashores of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, whereas additionally learning scientific philosophy, faith, and non-math rules behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please be at liberty to contact for talking engagements or any considerations.