More Catholic bishops are speaking out strongly against the killing of unborn babies in abortions this spring as President Joe Biden, who says he is Catholic, works aggressively to expand abortion.
On Wednesday, Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, joined the growing chorus of Catholic leaders in urging politicians to stop their “assaults on innocent human life,” Breitbart reports.
“We pray for those leaders who pursue government policies and laws which seek to further entrench abortion rights and other assaults on innocent human life,” Hying said in a statement.
Hying said abortions have “snuffed out” millions of unborn babies’ lives and wounded countless men and women.
“Almost fifty years after Roe v. Wade, 66 million lives have been snuffed out at the very beginning of their existence and countless individuals have been spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically damaged by this profound violence,” Hying said. Leading pro-life organizations believe the most accurate number of abortions since Roe is currently about 63 million.
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Since becoming a priest, the bishop said he has met many people who have been wounded by abortion. It was because of their painful experiences that he became active in the pro-life movement, he said.
Despite the devastation of abortion, “we still have legal abortion in the United States, with many of our national leaders embracing a pro-abortion position, including self-professed Catholics,” Hying continued.
He thanked San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for publishing a strong pro-life pastoral letter earlier this month that makes the case for denying Communion to pro-abortion public officials.
In the letter, Cordileone said denying Communion may be “the only recourse a pastor has left” if pro-abortion politicians refuse to repent and obstinately persist in their sin.
Cordileone’s letter has received both praise and criticism from other bishops. Hying described it as “timely,” noting “the need to challenge political leaders who are pro-abortion — especially those who profess Catholicism — and the linkage between the Eucharist and communion with the Church in her doctrinal and moral teaching.”
Quoting Pope John Paul II, Hying said, “A nation that kills its own children has no future.”
An intense debate within the Catholic Church, leaders are mulling whether Biden, who professes to be a devout Catholic, and other public leaders who support abortion should continue to be allowed to participate in the Eucharist. Some say pro-abortion Catholic politicians are causing scandal and harming their souls by participating in Communion while openly defying church teachings, while others contend that denying Communion to a politician like Biden would “politicize” the sacrament.
In June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans 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 Associated Press reports.
Biden already surpassed President Barack Obama as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. His administration stopped enforcing safety regulations on abortion drugs that protect mothers and unborn babies, and he is forcing taxpayers to fund the billion-dollar abortion industry both in the U.S. and overseas.