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By Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine, May 18, 2021

Paul Kengor is Professor of Political Science at Grove City College, executive director of the Center for Vision and Values. He is the author, most recently, of The Devil and Karl Marx (TAN Books, 2020).

Paul Kengor“I think I can use my own judgment on that.”

That was the assessment of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a longtime “pro-choice” Catholic, when asked her reaction to U.S. bishops and the Vatican considering the question of whether abortion-advocating Catholic politicians should be denied the Eucharist. The reporter acknowledged the Church’s position that the priest or bishop has the authority to decide whether the politician can receive this blessed sacrament. Here was the exchange:

“It will be up to the individual priests?” noted the reporter. Pelosi authoritatively answered, “No. It basically said, ‘Don’t be divisive on the subject.’”

The “it” was the statement from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. To Pelosi, neither the CDF nor the Vatican nor the pope nor her bishop nor her priest have the say on whether she receives communion. She does. She alone does. …

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