CNN Anchor Tries To Put Words In Pope Francis Mouth Over Communion Bans

One anchor for CNN, Jim Sciutto, made the claim this past Friday that Pope Francis stated that he did not support the barring of pro-abortion politicians such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking Communion through the Catholic Church, but apparently that is not quite what Pope Francis actually had to say on the issue.

Sciutto shared an article from the San Francisco Chronicle that announced that the Archbishop of San Francisco had issued a ban on Pelosi from taking Communion because of her public stance and overall advocacy for standardized abortion access.

Along with the released story, Sciutto stated in a tweet, “12 years of Catholic school, altar boy, family deeply involved in our church, and never saw anyone banned from receiving communion. This is a deep fissure in the church — and a position Pope Francis himself doesn’t support.”

However, it is quite clear that Pope Francis did not actually say that he failed to support individual pastors making the choice as to whether or not to deny access to the sacrament when it comes to specific cases, quite the opposite really as that is almost exactly what the Pope has called out that they must certainly do.

He spoke on the issue this past September, stating to gathered journalists that joined him on the Papal plane that any Catholics who stood in support of abortion were “outside the community” and that the holy sacrament of COmmunion was for only those who were “in the community,” or had not been estranged from the community.

He also made the argument that pastors should take it upon themselves to make those choices, and was quite careful to state that it was not at all about condemnation but about caring for their particular parishioners. “And what should the pastor do? He shouldn’t go around condemning. And he must also be a pastor with those who are excommunicated, and be so with God’s style, which is closeness, compassion and tenderness.”

The reasoning for his statement was that despite the fact that some people might be estranged from the church temporarily, they were still “children of God and need our pastoral action.”

He stated that he kept harsher terms for abortion, however, claiming that it was “more than a problem: It’s a homicide. No middle terms. Whomever does an abortion, kills.”

He went on to compare the act of seeking out an abortion to that of “hiring a hitman” to fix their issue, claiming that the church would never accept abortion because it would be the same thing as agreeing to “daily homicide.”

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