- Jun 18, 2021
Two U.S. archbishops responded in dismay Tuesday night to a report that a number of their contemporaries sent a letter to Archbishop José Gomez in an effort to suspend discussion of the subject of Eucharistic coherence at U.S. Bishops’ June meeting.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday doubled down on his stance that Catholic public figures who support abortion rights be barred from Communion while at the same time pleading with them to have a change of heart.
They share Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there’s a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in the high-stakes debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Communion.
Abortion is not the conversation about Biden that’s prevailed here in Rome over the past week, where the top note instead has been praise for the president’s decision to waive intellectual property rights for Covid vaccines in order to speed up distribution to poorer nations.
In a new letter, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone became the latest American prelate to advocate for barring public figures who support abortion from communion, as the debate on the topic continues to grow ever since President Joe Biden took office.
Decrying a rise in racial violence especially against Asian Americans, including in San Francisco, a city that he said has always offered “a welcoming and stable home” to newcomers, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led a prayer service for unity, healing and peace April 10.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco said the “justice system is working” is a statement issued late Feb. 19 following the arraignment of five people on charges of felony vandalism for toppling a St. Junipero Serra statue outside a Catholic church Oct. 12, 2020.
Two California Catholic bishops applauded the Supreme Court’s Feb. 5 ruling easing the state’s restrictions on indoor worship put in place with the COVID-19 pandemic.