Nancy Pelosi was banned from receiving communion by her local diocese because she supports abortion rights.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) conducts a weekly news conference.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

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Pelosi should not receive Holy Communion because of her support for abortion, said the San Francisco Archbishop.

The Florence Morning News reported that a pastor at a church in South Carolina denied communion to Joe Biden because he advocated for abortion.

Rhode Island's top Catholic leader, Bishop Thomas Tobin, revealed he had asked a congressman. In February 2007, Patrick Kennedy stopped taking communion due to his support for abortion rights.

In 2008 after Biden was nominated as the vice presidential candidate, the Bishop of Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, said Biden would be refused communion due to his support for abortion.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the archbishop said he wouldn't give communion to Giuliani if he was pro-choice.

During the 2004 Election cycle, Burke said he would not give communion to Kerry because of his stance on abortion.

Andrew Cuomo faced calls from some Catholic leaders to be excommunicated from the church after he signed one of the most expansive abortion rights bills in U.S. history into law. Mario Cuomo was warned of excommunication while he was New York's governor.

News Peg

Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC that she respects people who disagree with her.

Key Background

Last year the Vatican sent a letter to the U.S. bishops warning against denying communion to people who supported abortion rights. The only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest accountability on the part of Catholics is abortion.

Crucial Quote

The Pope told Biden that he was a good Catholic and that he should keep receiving communion.

Pelosi was denied communion in San Francisco because of her support for abortion.

What happened at the Biden-Pope meeting?