There has been an ongoing contentious debate within the Catholic Church regarding notable politicians like President Joseph Robinette Biden who support abortion despite being a member of the Catholic Church. This has actually led to a vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to reconsider the church’s communion rules.
On Friday, church officials announced that the bishops had decided to draft a “formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” in a 165-88 vote. There were six bishops who abstained from the vote completely. Once this statement is fully completed, there could even be some guidelines for denying communion completely to certain public officials, namely, one President Joe Biden.
This conference of bishops was meeting for a three-day virtual conference where they discussed many important topics, including the new rules for giving communion.
Of course, Joe Biden is only the second President of the United States to be of the Catholic faith, but he has reignited the debate over whether pro-abortion Catholics should be allowed to receive Communion.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that Catholic officials have considered refusing communion to the current president. Biden was also refused communion in 2019 by Father Robert Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in South Carolina.
“Holy Communion signifies that we are one with God, the church, and also each other,” the priest explained in an email statement at the time.
“Our actions need to reflect that. Thus, any public figure who will advocate for abortion is going to place himself or herself outside of the teachings of the Catholic Church,” he added.
On the other hand, the Vatican later issued a warning against U.S. bishops who supported denying communion to Joe Biden simply because they didn’t want the sacrament to start to be used as a political weapon. They felt it was a dangerous precedent to set.
One of the most vehement Catholic critics of Biden’s political positions would be Archbishop Jose’ Gomez of Los Angeles.
“I feel the need to point out that our new President is pledging to support certain policies that would advance some serious moral evils, threatening human life and dignity and this can easily be seen in the areas of abortion, marriage, contraception, and gender,” Gomez wrote in a statement last January.
“One of the deepest concerns for me would be the liberty of the Church and the freedom of all believers to live according to their consciences,” he added.
Of course, on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to answer a question regarding whether she thought a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being during a press briefing. Pelosi is very similar to Biden in that she is a Catholic that also supports abortion, so needless to say she took a bit of a deep breath and paused before she answered.
“Let me just say that I am a big supporter of Roe v. Wade,” she responded, even though she was dodging the question. “I am a mother of five children in six years. Because of that, I believe I have some standing on this issue in regards to respecting a woman’s right to choose.”
Interesting…..what do you think about the fact that the Catholic church is extremely uncomfortable with the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, no less, being able to take communion?