According to reports, the Catholic bishops of the United States will hold their next national meeting in June. They will decide whether to send a strong message to President Joe Biden and other politicians who also pretend to be Christians, urging them to stop receiving communion if they persist in publicly defending the right to abortion.
The document will be prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to clarify the Church’s position on an issue that has generated discussions and discomfort among episcopal authorities.
The situation in recent months has become more complex since last year Biden’s position promoting the abortion agenda clearly bothered the church and its followers, but now he is no longer a politician; he is the President of the United States, who also declares himself openly Catholic and practicing. So the message the world receives today is: In the U.S., there is a Catholic president who accepts and promotes abortions on a large scale.
Such a stance, by a public figure, is “a grave moral evil,” according to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who chairs the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities and believes it is necessary to rebuke Biden on the issue publicly, News Max reported.
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann told The Associated Press. “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?”
Naumann is among those who think the USCCB should approve the document and clarify that it is wrong for Biden to present himself for Communion.
The initiative to create the damning document came in November of last year by Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles. He formed a task force to address the “complex and difficult situation” posed by Biden’s positions on abortion and other issues that differ from official church teachings.
The Doctrine Committee, charged with analyzing the situation, has not released details about its work, but Naumann assured that the matter would be discussed and resolved at the USCCB meeting in June.
A two-thirds majority would be needed for the bill to move forward, Naumann said. But even bishops critical of the initiative, such as John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, predict the effort will win overwhelming approval.
Stowe is among U.S. bishops concerned that issues such as abortion will distract church authorities from pursuing Pope Francis’ globalist agenda that includes issues such as climate change, immigration, and inequality.
Nonetheless, bishops who want to send a tough message to Biden are determined to press on.
“There is a growing sense of urgency,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. “Abortion is not just one of many important issues. It is a direct attack on human life.”