Catholic bishops could decide in June to toughen their opinion on alleged Catholic politicians who also support abortion — politicians like Biden.
During their upcoming annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine will be creating a message that will clarify their stance on the longstanding question of how to deal with Catholic politicians why defy Church teachings on abortion, according to the AP.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann from Kansas, who is leader of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has repeatedly criticized Biden for supporting abortion, even saying the president “should stop calling himself a devout Catholic.”
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it gives us a unique situation., Naumann said to the AP. “It can be confusing. … How can he claim he is devout and he is doing things that are against Catholic teaching?”
Naumann said the message, which the committee will work on will solidify their official opinion on the idea that Catholic politicians who support abortions should not take Communion. The message and document must then get a two-thirds majority vote from bishops to be approved.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of California showed support for the USCCB message, saying to the AP that “there is a growing urgency” around the issue. “Abortion is not just one issue among other important ones. … It’s a direct attack against human life.”
“They must understand the scandal that this has caused when they claim to be faithfully Catholic but also oppose the church on this important concept., he said.
Bishop Robert McElroy of California said, “I don’t see how depriving President Biden or others of the Eucharist based upon their public stance can be interpreted as anything but a weaponization of the Eucharist…to force them to submit.”
This comes months after a priest refused Biden Holy Community because of Biden’s pro-abortion stance.
“The Rev. Robert Morey said that the presidential candidate went to Mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church and was refused the sacrament due to any ‘public figure who supports abortion puts himself outside of Church doctrine.’”