May God have mercy on their souls … and ours.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi both received communion during the Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis in spite of their pro-choice position on abortion.

The vice president’s office confirmed Tuesday night that both he and Mrs. Pelosi took communion during the Mass at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

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Editor’s note:

For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall show the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  (1 Corinthians 11:26-29)


  1. “took communion”

    That phrase is both completely true and half-true. For neither could have “taken” what was not first offered. Nor would either have taken what he/she did not choose to take.

    Alas, I am not surprised at all. Sic transit Francis I.

  2. I am surprised at how many Catholics partake of Communion, when they are NOT worthy! I have a cousin who obtained a divorce, and no Church annulment … And still recieves the Eucharist! The most common offense, there are probably millions out there, doing the same thing! I have written to Catholic Answers, because my sister got a divorce and the Priest said she did not need an annulment because her children were grown…huh?
    Well back to ” Uncle Joe and Pro-Choice Nancy,” God is their Judge…and may they live a LONG time on Earth, because the prospects of Heaven, are slim!!!

    • The Catholic church allows a legally divorced person without an annulment to partake of Communion as long as they continue to be true to their vows. For instance, if a woman is divorced by her husband against her wishes, she may choose to abstain from subsequent relationships, therefore, not committing adultery. It is when the divorced person chooses to date or re-marry that Communion is not allowed.

      • Thank You, Jacqueline!
        My sister is unmarried, and has had 1 date, in 12 years, since her divorce. I appreciate the Answer, because I really thought, she should abstain from the Sacrament!
        Now, I have a cousin, who is Divorced, and she remarried, without an annulment…..she partakes of Communion and teaches Sunday School. She I suppose, is violating Catholic Church Law, by committing Adultery? No one knows this, I was told confidentially, by her sister!

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