US Catholic bishops approve steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

US Catholic bishops approve steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

"Almost daily I speak with people, Catholics.who are confused by the fact that we have a president who professes devout Catholicism and yet advances the most radical pro-abortion agenda in our history", said Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, who supported drafting the document.

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego countered that the USCCB would suffer "destructive consequences" from a document targeting Catholic politicians.

"That's a private matter, and I don't think that's going to happen".

Sixty Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives released a "statement of principles" on Friday that declares, "no political party is perfectly in accord with all aspects of Church doctrine". While 56% support legalized abortion, about two-thirds of those who regularly attend Mass don't, according to a March poll by Pew.

Exit polls from the 2020 presidential election showed the Catholic vote almost split between Biden and Republican former President Donald Trump.

That would leave decisions about Communion for specific churchgoers up to individual bishops and archbishops.

In another tweet, he said the Catholic Bishops "should be deeply ashamed for politically weaponizing the sacred sacrament of Communion".

While Biden has said that he personally opposes abortion, he has also said that he doesn't think he should impose that position on Americans who feel otherwise. At the rally in Washington, D.C., Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins accused Catholic Church leadership of sending "mixed messages about abortion" by failing to implement an explicit policy barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving communion.

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Still, some bishops said the document itself wouldn't be about one individual and reiterated that it wouldn't bar any one person from receiving Communion, since that is still left up to individual bishops under church law.

The chairman of the USCCB doctrine committee, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, said no decisions have been made on the final contents of the proposed document.

The USCCB has identified the fight against abortion as its "preeminent" priority. He supports the legality of abortion, while Catholic bishops have long made its abolition a foremost policy goal.

He then criticized Biden for his abortion policies and for describing abortion as a "right", adding, "this is a Catholic president that's doing this, the most aggressive thing we've ever seen in terms of this attack on life - when it's most innocent".

The debate this week laid bare some of the cultural and political rifts that have rocked the church in the last several years.

In a document titled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, last updated in 2019, the US bishops lay out their official teachings on the political responsibilities of Catholics.

"The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of a woman's safe and legal access to abortion is contradictory", they said. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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