In a controversial statement, the new Catholic cardinal of Washington, D.C. said he will not stop Joe Biden from receiving communion despite his plans to expand abortions and force taxpayers to pay for them if he becomes president.
Catholic News Agency reports Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory, who Pope Francis recently appointed to the position, made the statement Tuesday amid concerns about Biden’s Catholic faith and his pro-abortion proposals.
Throughout his campaign, Biden touted himself as a devout Catholic who cares about the most vulnerable in society. However, he also embraced radical new pro-abortion positions, including codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions – policies that directly contradict the faith to which Biden claims to belong.
While at least one priest refused to serve communion to Biden and others have advised against it, Gregory said he would not. He said Biden went to Mass regularly and received communion while he was vice president under pro-abortion President Barack Obama, according to the report.
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“I’m not going to veer from that,” he said.
Gregory said he hopes to develop a good relationship with Biden to discuss “areas where we can cooperate that reflect the social teachings of the church, knowing full well that there are some areas where we won’t agree.”
He said it is normal for Catholics to have disagreements; they are part of “being a family, a family of faith. The difficulty is too many people want to throw out of the family of faith people with whom they have disagreements.”
But many American Catholic leaders are wrestling with how to work with Biden when his views on abortion, family and religious freedom are so contrary to Christianity and basic human rights.
Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched a new committee to explore how to work with a pro-abortion Biden administration. They criticized Biden for creating confusion among Catholics by touting both his faith and the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Biden and his vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris want to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions and force taxpayers to pay for them. They also oppose religious freedom protections for Catholic charities and other employers, and Harris has been accused of anti-Catholic bigotry. She also prosecuted pro-life undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.
If Biden takes office and does what he promised, abortions could increase across America. Not only did Biden promise to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns it, he also promised to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
More than 800,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in America, and about 62 million have been aborted since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand. Without the Hyde Amendment, researchers at the Charlotte Lozier Institute predict 60,000 more unborn babies could be killed in abortions each year.
In April, Biden went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic. His health care plan would expand abortions as well by forcing insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.
He also promised to undo all of Trump’s progress for life, including restoring funding to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
On religious freedom, Biden’s position also is deeply troubling. Biden has endorsed anti-religious freedom policies that would force nuns, religious charities and hospitals to violate their deeply-held beliefs by funding the killing of unborn babies in abortions and potentially even by helping to facilitate their deaths. He also promised to restore an Obama-era mandate that would force the nuns with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to fund contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health insurance plans.