It’s being reported by the Associated Press that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are strongly considering a much tougher stance against pro-abortion politicians by telling them not to receive Holy Communion if they keep supporting abortion:
When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.
At issue is a document that will be prepared for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by its Committee on Doctrine, with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops in recent decades. It’s taken on new urgency now, in the eyes of many bishops, because Biden, only the second Catholic president, is the first to hold that office while espousing clear-cut support for abortion rights.
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who chairs the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “It can create confusion. … How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the church’s teaching?”
The document, if approved, would make clear the USCCB’s view that Biden and other Catholic public figures with similar viewpoints should not present themselves for Communion, Naumann said.
I’m very happy to see this from the Catholic Church and hope they go through with it. One of the big concerns, as noted above, has been the confusion that high profile people like Joe Biden create among other Catholics and those outside the church, by claiming they are devout Catholics and yet supporting something as egregious and sinful as abortion. And not just him, of course, but he’s the highest profile of the bunch.
Now this declaration would be more of a warning and not carry the weight of an official ban, because the bishops’ conference doesn’t have this authority because it belongs to local bishops in their dioceses. Which means that Biden could still be allowed to take Holy Communion by his local bishop in DC or Delaware. In fact I suspect that will be the case even though I sincerely hope not. If some bishops aren’t willing to take tough positions like this, how do they expect their congregations to do the same?
So that’s the news that the Washington Post was reporting when they dubbed Biden as ‘very Catholic’ yesterday, pitting him against right-wing bishops:
A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights. https://t.co/LKap6U3EzK
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 29, 2021
As you can imagine, many mocked Wapo defending Biden this way as well as referring to the bishops as ‘right-wing’:
Biden is "very" Catholic but Catholics who are pro-life are right wingers. Our media is garbage.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) April 29, 2021
“Very Catholic president” 😂🤡 https://t.co/lrLiBEVZZu
— Jung-Woo Lee (@jungwoolee91) April 29, 2021
I didn’t know you could be very Catholic and support murder. https://t.co/wcZxlDABOM
— John Hocutt (@TruthRider) April 30, 2021
What part of Biden is exactly Catholic? These are Lies, Lies and more Lies! https://t.co/FgguUR7oyO
— Phyllis Galvan-McGeath (@USMARINEMOMx4) April 29, 2021
*whispers* U.S. Catholic bishops following the church's teachings on abortion does not make them right-wing https://t.co/FMLxJ1gJrx
— Kara Zupkus (@kara_kirsten) April 29, 2021
Would this make Jesus right wing? https://t.co/PDTNlBzOAa
— Sergei Kelley (@SergeiKelley) April 30, 2021