Catholic Bishop: It’s a “Grave Moral Evil” for Joe Biden to Receive Communion But Promote Abortion

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 28, 2021   |   3:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic bishops will tackle the issue of President Joe Biden’s radical abortion advocacy and his so-called “devout” Catholic faith when they meet in June.

On their agenda is a measure that would send a clear message to Biden and other Catholic politicians who openly oppose church teachings that they must not receive Holy Communion, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been grappling with the issue for months as Biden persists in describing himself as a devout Catholic while taking actions that defy church teachings about the sanctity of human life and errode religious freedom.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and the chair of the bishops’ pro-life committee, repeatedly has condemned Biden’s actions in recent months and highlighted the problems that his hypocrisy is causing in the Catholic Church.

“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann said. “It can create confusion. … How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the church’s teaching?”

At their June meeting, the bishops are scheduled to vote on a document from their Committee on Doctrine “with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance” on pro-abortion politicians and Communion, the report states.

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The document, if approved, would make clear the USCCB’s view that Biden and other Catholic public figures with similar viewpoints should not present themselves for Communion, Naumann said. …

Bishops will vote in June on whether the committee should continue its work so a document could be publicly released later. Even critics of the initiative predict it will win overwhelming approval.

According to the report, the document still would allow individual bishops to decide whether to give Communion to pro-abortion politicians. In Washington, D.C., Cardinal Wilton Gregory said he will not refuse Communion to the president, and Biden reportedly has attended Mass in D.C. several times in recent months.

But others, including Naumann, have warned pro-abortion politicians not to receive Communion unless they repent, and some have said they would refuse to give Communion to Biden if he does not.

“Obviously, the president doesn’t believe what we believe about the sacredness of human life, or he wouldn’t be taking the actions that he is,” Naumann said. “And yet, he continues to receive the Eucharist. We can’t judge his heart. But we consider the action itself a grave moral evil.”

In a March interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke even argued that pro-abortion politicians like Biden may be excommunicated from the Catholic Church because of their “open and aggressive” apostasy.

Last week, the Biden administration restored taxpayer funding to research that uses aborted baby body parts, a reversal from the Trump administration.

Bishop Joseph Strickland, of Tyler, Texas, a strong voice for life in the U.S., quickly condemned the action as “of the devil.”

“To slaughter unborn children, then to put their tiny bodies up for sale, then to use our tax dollars to purchase the bodies of these unborn children for scientific research,” he responded on Twitter. “These acts are of the devil. People of faith must protest vigorously, we must not turn a blind eye!”

Catholic bishops also lamented what is perhaps Biden’s most egregious and dangerous action to-date: its decision to stop enforcing FDA safety regulations for abortion drugs. Now, the abortion industry can sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person.

Because of these actions, “there’s a growing sense of urgency,” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told the Associated Press. “Abortion is not just one among many important issues. … It’s a direct attack on human life.”

Cordileone said Biden and other politicians are causing “scandal … when they say they are faithfully Catholic and yet oppose the church on such a basic concept.”

Religious freedom also is at risk. Right now, Biden is pressuring Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would strip away conscience protections for pro-life medical workers and create a “right” to demand an abortion.

Soon after Biden was inaugurated, he also got rid of the Mexico City Policy and restored tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which kills babies in abortions around the world and lobbies to legalize abortions in pro-life countries. Pro-life leaders warned that the money will be used to pressure countries in Africa and South America to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

Additionally, the Biden administration recently introduced a rule to restore taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups through Title X. He also signed a COVID relief package with no limits on taxpayer funding for abortions.

According to the Family Research Council, the Biden administration thus far has allowed almost $480 billion in taxpayer funds to be used to subsidize abortions and abortion businesses.

Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted in the U.S. every year and more than 62 million have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. In January on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Biden said he is “deeply committed to” expanding access to abortion.