Whoopi Goldberg told the Archbishop of San Francisco on Monday that it is not his job to decide whether Nancy Pelosi should receive Communion.
On the last episode of “The View,” Ms. Goldberg angrily blamed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for telling the Speaker of the House to “abstain from publicly referring to your Catholic faith and taking Holy Communion.” receive” unless she rejects her lengthy advocacy for abortion rights.
Whoopi: “The Archbishop of San Francisco is calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to refuse Communion because of her pro-choice stance…this is not your job, dude. It’s not up to you to make that decision.” pic.twitter.com/TCSe0t6XLY
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This “is beginning to blur the lines between church and state,” said Ms. Goldberg, who Beliefnet called herself a “Catholic Jewish girl.”
‘This isn’t your job, man! You can’t – it’s not up to you to make that decision,” the visibly annoyed actress said of the archbishop.
“You know, what’s the saying? It’s kind of amazing. But you know, what’s the use of fellowship, right? It’s for sinners. It’s for sinners. It’s the reward of saints, but sinners’ bread . How dare you?” she continued.
Ms. Goldberg then added that Pope Francis is the person whose opinion matters here, rather than Archbishop Cordileone.
Mrs. Goldberg misrepresented Catholic teaching on several matters.
First, while a pope can intervene, the decision on whether a particular person qualifies for the sacraments is a decision usually made by the local bishop and/or his priests, ie the people closest to the situation.
Pope Francis has himself said that politicians who support legal abortion should not present themselves as doing so will not put them “in communion” with the church, although he has said the issue of individual cases should be treated pastorally.
On the other hand, while Communion is indeed for sinners, in order to present himself to it, a Catholic must be unaware of having committed an unforgivable mortal sin – this is what confession (now formally the sacrament of Reconciliation) is about. running.
The archbishop’s letter to Ms. Pelosi last week told her directly that assuming she doesn’t change her political position, she won’t be allowed to present herself, otherwise the bishop will have to tell his priests to refuse her.