Joe Biden and US politicians who support abortion banned by coalition? American Catholic bishops have voted in favor of creating guidelines on communion, which is a controversial move that, like President Biden, could restrict Catholic politicians who advocate abortion. After more than three-and-a-half hours of heated debate at the Spring Bishops’ Conference online, 168 votes were cast in favor and 55 votes abstained.
The question of a community of Catholic politicians who do not oppose abortion has divided the American episcopate but has become even more heated since Biden was elected president of the Catholic Practicing Church, where he communicates en masse every Sunday. Last May, the Vatican warned US bishops that the definition of the procedure of Catholic politicians could be divisive and should be pursued only if it leads to greater unity. In support of his sermon, the Vatican quoted a document signed by John Paul II in 2002 and the first pope of the Church for the Doctrine of the Faith by the future Pope Benedict XVI.
“Our credibility is in danger … The eyes of the nation are on us. If we do not act boldly, clearly and firmly on this central Catholic value, how can we expect to be taken seriously in other matters?” He said. Speaking of abortion, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordellion, favored the adoption of the document.
The Archdiocese of San Diego, Robert McLaughlin, clearly warned against the dangers of Eucharist politicization. “The Eucharist becomes an instrument in the face of extreme partisanship … If exclusion on a political basis becomes legal … We will invite political hostility at the heart of the Eucharist celebration,” he said.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory said priests in his Washington DC archdiocese would never deny Biden communion and should be vigilant. “The choice before us is to follow the path of unity or to go for a document that does not lead to unity, it will destroy it,” he said.
“This is a private matter and I do not think it will happen,” said Catholic President Joe Biden, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The Hill reports that it does not oppose abortion. Biden is a devout Catholic and communicates every Sunday.