Bishops have been discussing how to address concerns about Catholic politicians who continue to receive communion despite their support for the right to abortion.
Washington — In a heated debate on Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continues to communion despite supporting the right to communion. Clashed about how.
Some bishops said Biden’s strong rebuke was needed for his recent actions to protect and expand access to abortion. Others have warned that such actions would portray bishops as partisan forces during times of intense political division throughout the country.
This issue is virtually the most controversial agenda at the National Conference of the American Catholic Bishops’ Council. It concludes on Friday shortly after the announcement of how the bishops cast a secret ballot in the communion controversy.
If approved by a majority of the bishops, the USCCB Doctrine Committee will draft a statement on the implications of communion in the life of the Church and submit it to a vote at a future meeting, perhaps a direct meeting in November. One section of the document is expected to contain specific warnings to Catholic politicians and other public figures who do not follow the Church’s teachings on abortion and other major doctrinal issues.
Bishop Donald Heing of Madison, Wisconsin, spoke with many who were confused by the Catholic President on “the most radical abortion agenda in history” and said action from the Episcopal Conference was needed.
“They are looking for direction,” Hying said.
Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego argued that the USCCB would suffer “disastrous consequences” from documents targeting Catholic politicians.
“It would be impossible to prevent the communion from being weaponized,” McKelroy said. “We invite all political hostility that divides our country into the center of the Eucharist.”
Biden, who attends masses on a regular basis, says he personally opposes abortion but believes that Americans who feel they are not should be placed in that position. During his presidency, he took some administrative steps that were welcomed by abortion advocates.
Bishop Kevin Rhodes of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, chairman of the USCCB Doctrine Committee, said no decision had been made on the final content of the proposed document. He said bishops who were not on the committee had the opportunity to comment and the final draft would be subject to amendment before being voted on.
Rhoades also stated that the document does not mention Biden or other individuals by name and provides guidelines rather than imposing mandatory national policies.
This will leave the decision on communion for those attending a particular church to the individual bishops and archbishops. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, has revealed that Biden is welcoming the acceptance of communion in the Archdiocese church.
Gregory, one of the dozens of bishops who participated in the debate on Thursday, urged his colleagues to defeat the bill and give more time for open and direct dialogue before proceeding.
“Our previous choice at this time is to pursue a path to strengthen unity among ourselves, or to decide to create a document that does not bring unity but can further impair it. “Gregory said.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Pro Life Activities Committee, said Biden had forced their hands in opposition to the bishops being in a hurry.
“It wasn’t the bishops who led us to this point. It’s part of our civil servants,” he said. “This is the Catholic president who is doing the most aggressive thing in the most innocent life we have ever seen.
One of the most outspoken supporters of the USCCB’s accusations of Biden, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, has already questioned the credibility of the bishop by many Catholics, and even more if they do not proceed with the document. He said it would be eroded.
“Now the eyes of the whole country are on us,” he said. “If we do not act courageously to present this educational document clearly and convincingly about this core Catholic value, how can we expect it to be taken seriously on other topics?” Do you want? “
Intense debate before the United States votes for communion by bishops
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