Archbishop Alexander Sample posted on his social media accounts May 3 a pastoral letter by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that focuses on the unborn, Communion and Catholics in public life. With a link to the letter the archbishop wrote: “It is well worth a careful read. An important discussion for our times.”

The pastoral letter was issued May 1 and is entitled “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You.”

It states that “those who reject the teaching of the church on the sanctity of human life and those who do not seek to live in accordance with that teaching should not receive the Eucharist.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to discuss a document that possibly will clarify the church’s stance on officials who advocate for legal abortion access and also receive Communion.

The document results from a working group — formed last fall by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, USCCB president — to address the “complex and difficult situation” of President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion and other issues at odds with church teaching. Before the group disbanded, members proposed drafting a new document on the issue of Communion. The bishops’ committee on doctrine was charged with the task.

Read Archbishop Cordileone letter