For years House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been under fire from the Catholic Church for her many and constant promotions of abortion. She has been repeatedly asked to reconsider her participation in government-sponsored abortion-on-demand, and this week The Church again made it public.
In an interview with the Western Center for Journalism, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burk was quoted to say that Mrs. Pelosi should be denied Communion until she changes her advocacy views on abortion, and has no Catholic right to be granted Communion. Cardinal Burk is the leading cardinal of the highest Vatican court.
According to Canon law 915, professed Catholics who are stubbornly contrary to the doctrines of the Church have “in manifest, (committed a) grave sin (and) are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Cardinal Burke states that Mrs. Pelosi fits that definition perfectly. “This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic.”
“This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family,” he said.
According to Life News, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burk is an American citizen, and prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. And in his final moments of interview stated: "Mrs. Pelosi is a perfect example of Catholics who separate their faith from day-to-day living."