‘He is her bishop and as that bishop the direction and guidance he provides is not limited to just a geographical area,’ Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge said about Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s recent order banning Pelosi from the Eucharist
ARLINGTON, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Michael Burbidge announced that the Diocese of Arlington will respect the ban on Holy Communion for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed last week by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
In remarks on Wednesday, Bishop Burbidge said that Archbishop Cordileone’s ban isn’t restricted “to just a geographical area” and also applies in his diocese, which borders Washington, D.C.
“He is her bishop, and as that bishop, the direction and guidance he provides is not limited to just a geographical area,” he said on “The Walk Humbly Podcast” podcast of the Arlington diocese. “I would respect the decision of Archbishop Cordileone and be consistent with that decision here in the Diocese of Arlington, should that situation occur.”
Bishop Burbidge praised the San Francisco prelate for prohibiting Pelosi from Holy Communion until she repents of her longtime abortion advocacy, calling him “a courageous man” who “loves the Lord” and the Church.
“Speaker Pelosi has been actively pro-abortion for years, and years, and years, so, for the Archbishop to make this decision now demonstrates that he did what he could but felt that she had no desire to align with Church teaching,” he said.
The Arlington bishop noted that Archbishop Cordileone has offered the pro-abortion Democratic congresswoman a “path back to the Church,” which includes repentance and acceptance of the Church’s teaching that “the unborn need to be protected” and “all life is sacred.” “Those doors are open to her, to any of us who wander away from the Lord and from what He teaches.”
He additionally revealed that he has privately instructed other individuals “who have continuously scandalized the Church by holding a personal Catholic identity while also publicly advocating for abortion or other inherent moral evils” from coming up for Holy Communion in the Diocese of Arlington.
Cordlieone’s ‘compassion stance’
Archbishop Cordileone last week sent shockwaves through the Church with a formal notification warning Pelosi not to receive the Eucharist unless she publicly repudiates her abortion support and is absolved of her “grave sin” through Confession.
“[Y]ou are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” he wrote to Pelosi.
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