Catholic Group Slams Bishops for Congratulating Joe Biden: “Talk is Cheap, We Need Real Courage”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 4, 2020   |   11:02AM   |   Washington, DC

A lay Catholic leader criticized the U.S. bishops this month for congratulating Joe Biden on his presumed presidential win even though he supports anti-Catholic and pro-abortion policies.

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, said Americans need “real courage” from religious leaders, courage to stand up to a politician who claims to be a devout Catholic but wants to expand abortions and force taxpayers to pay for them.

“We are on the cusp of having a Catholic president … who supports a war on biology and the family, abortion on demand, closing Catholic schools, and more,” Burch wrote in a statement to supporters last week, Breitbart reports.

Burch is one of many Catholic leaders who expressed outrage after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops congratulated Biden on Nov. 7.

The statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the bishops’ conference, highlighted Biden as the second Catholic to be elected president of the United States. However, Gomez did not mention Biden’s radical pro-abortion views or his other positions that contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church and jeopardize religious freedom for millions of Americans.

After hearing the bishops’ statement, Burch said the words of Deacon John Harden came to mind: “When I was hungry, you formed a committee. When I was thirsty, you issued a document. When I was naked, you lobbied lawmakers. When I was sick you sent thoughts and prayers. When I was in prison you issued a press release.”

“Talk is cheap,” Burch added. “We need real courage. We need saints.”

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The bishops’ conference later did bring up problems with many of Biden’s views and formed a working group to address the problem, something Burch acknowledged.

“Archbishop Gomez cited the threats ahead, including the ‘preeminent priority of eliminating abortion’ but also the ‘unequal treatment of Catholic schools,’ the Equality Act, the restoration of the HHS mandate, and more,” Burch wrote.

“All of these policies threaten the freedom of the Church, our institutions, the family … and the lives of millions of children,” he continued. “And all of these threats will be aggressively pursued by a ‘President’ Biden.”

He said Biden and other Democrats are urging Americans to unify, but he predicted that their call to unity really will be used to condemn those who do not support their radical agenda.

“… unity in lies is disgraceful and wrong,” Burch wrote. “Adherence to truth is far more important. Trust your instincts, your common sense, and what you know to be true.”

If Biden takes office and does what he promised, abortions could increase across America. Not only does he want to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturns it, he also wants to end the Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

About 900,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every year in America, and about 62 million have been aborted since 1973 when the 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 called the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic. His health care plan would expand abortions 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.