The Communion ban in place within House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home diocese in California now extends to the Diocese of Arlington, located just outside Washington, D.C.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said Wednesday that he would respect the ban imposed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone last week because of Pelosi’s staunch advocacy for legalized abortion.
“He is her bishop and as that bishop the direction and guidance he provides is not limited to just a geographical area,” Burbidge said on his diocese’s “The Walk Humbly Podcast.” His comments were first reported Wednesday by the Arlington Catholic Herald, the diocese’s newspaper.
Burbidge is the second U.S. bishop to announce that he will apply San Francisco Archdiocese ban in his own diocese. Bishop Robert Vasa said on May 20 that he would do so in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, where Pelosi reportedly attends Mass occasionally. At least a dozen U.S. bishops have publicly come out in support of Cordileone’s action.
Bishop Joseph Strickland said on May 25 that Pelosi would be barred from receiving Communion in the Diocese of Tyler in eastern Texas.
He wrote on Twitter: “The concern for Mrs Pelosi’s eternal salvation extends to the Diocese of Tyler. She is barred from Communion here until she repents & stops advocating the murder of children. Pray for her heart to be turned to God & away from the power of this world.”
Cordileone has stressed that his decision was “pastoral, not political.” Burbidge said on the podcast that he views the issue the same way.
“I can’t say it enough, (these) decisions are made for the good of individuals to guard the faithful from scandal,” which is caused when Catholics in public office take positions at odds with Church teaching,” the bishop said, according to the newspaper’s report. “That confuses people and a bishop has to guard against that.”
Burbidge revealed that while he has not publicly announced that someone should not receive Communion in his diocese, “I have privately shared that directive with individuals who have continuously scandalized the Church by holding a personal Catholic identity while also publicly advocating for abortion or other inherent moral evils,” the newspaper reported.
“All people, including those who are not public individuals, have to approach the sacraments truly in communion with the Church and Our Lord,” Burbidge said.