Pelosi attacks Catholic Church by asking why death penalty supporters can take Communion

She said the archbishop's decision is "not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew"

Updated: May 24, 2022 - 6:11pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday attacked the Catholic Church over what she feels is its hypocritical stance on abortion and the death penalty.

Her comments come in response to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's announcement Friday that the California Democrat cannot take Communion because of her public support for abortion.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Pelosi said, "I wonder about [the] death penalty, which I am opposed to. So is the church, but they take no action against people who may not share their view." 

She went on to criticize Cordileone, with whom she has clashed before.

"Our archbishop has been vehemently against lgbtq rights too," Pelosi noted, stressing that Cordileone's decision is "not consistent with the Gospel of Matthew." 

The archbishop's ruling runs counter to the Vatican. Pope Francis previously told American bishops to not deny communion to pro-choice politicians, according to The New York Times.

Pelosi did not follow Cordileone's guidance and took communion over the weekend in Washington, D.C., Politico reported.