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Pope Francis Delivers Devastating Blow to American Bishop: Personally Gives Pelosi Communion at Vatican

Well, that should take care of that argument.

Media savvy readers will recall that it was only two months ago that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stated that Nancy Pelosi’s pro-choice advocacy meant that she couldn’t receive communion in her home diocese of San Francisco, a critical component of Catholicism.

Very media-savvy readers will recall that it was only one month ago that Pope Francis shoved a big ffffffrog you toward Cordileone by passing over Cordileone in order to name a more junior bishop, San Diego’s Archbishop, Robert McElroy, to the College of the Cardinals. That would make McElroy “Cardinal McElroy” and leave Cordileone a bishop watching Catholic cardinals convene on television.

That was cool enough. But Pope Francis is a Jesuit, and the Society likes to send messages. The Jesuits have always been the liberal bad boys in the Catholic Church, so Pope Francis sent a big piece of punk cake across an ocean and continent to hit the cathedral in downtown San Francisco today.

According to NPR:

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights.

Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, during which Francis bestowed the woolen pallium stole on newly consecrated archbishops. She was seated in a VIP diplomatic section of the basilica and received Communion along with the rest of the congregants.

Message delivered, to every American bishop, but it is going to leave a crater in San Francisco. That’s almost as bad as being told to sit down, altar boy, while the more mature and enlightened get promoted. None of this happened by accident. NONE of it.


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