“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.’” 

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