Catholic bishops announced Wednesday that when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meet in June, they’ll decide whether to send a clear message to President Joe Biden and other leftist Catholic politicians that they can’t expect to receive Holy Communion if they continue to promote extremist positions on abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is another pro-abortion politician who considers herself a “good Catholic.”
Biden, Pelosi, and the rest can choose their faith or their politics; their religious obligations or their party platform — but not both.
Throughout most of Biden’s nearly half-century political career, his Catholic faith, at a minimum, prompted him to support the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions.
He reversed that position last year when it became obvious he couldn’t win his party’s nomination with even the hint of a pro-life position.
Eight days after his inauguration, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibited U.S. foreign aid from funding international organizations that either refer women for an abortion or provide abortions.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, told The Associated Press that pro-abortion positions held by public figures are “a grave moral evil.” Naumann chairs the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann added. “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?”
Most recently, Biden approved the use of tissue and organs from aborted children to be sold for medical research.
Accordingly, pro-life groups say that Biden appears hell-bent on expanding the ability of women to abort their children.
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the country’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, told Newsmax in a phone interview that with all the other problems facing the nation, the Biden administration appears to spend an inordinate amount of time on pro-abortion issues.
“I can’t imagine that they’re spending this much time on any other issue,” she said. “For some reason killing unborn babies is their top priority.”
Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications at the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a Washington, D.C.-based pro-life nonprofit, agrees.
“From day one, the Biden-Harris administration has pushed aggressively to expand abortion on demand through birth and force taxpayers to pay for it,” she told Newsmax in a statement.
She added that Biden’s “policy stances are utterly incompatible with Catholic teaching that has condemned abortion and taught the dignity of every human life since the foundation of the Church.”
The Washington Post, however, has come to Biden’s support.
On Wednesday The Post phrased the issue this way in a tweet: “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights.”
First of all, it’s not a right-wing/left-wing issue. It has to do with following Catholic doctrine, and sanctity of life is a core part of it.
Secondly, “a very Catholic president” would not support abortion.
As The Federalist’s senior editor Mollie Hemingway phrased it, “Supporting the killing of unborn children makes you ‘very Catholic’ to the Jeff Bezos propaganda outlet while supporting the consistent Catholic teaching on it makes you a ‘right-wing’ Catholic. Clown clown clown show over there.”
A December 9 headline in The Post appeared to set the narrative up on the issue. It read, “Biden could redefine what it means to be a Catholic in good standing.”
But here again, it’s not up to Biden to “redefine what it means to be a Catholic in good standing.” That’s up to the church hierarchy, beginning with the pope and his Congress of cardinals. And that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.
The SBA List’s Quigley observed that “Pope Francis … speaks often of the ‘throwaway culture’ and likens abortion to hiring a hitman.” Tobias couldn’t argue with that description.
“Someone’s being paid to end a life,” she told Newsmax.
While campaigning in South Carolina in 2019, Father Robert Morey refused to give Biden Communion because of his public pro-abortion views.
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other, and the Church,” Fr. Morey explained. “Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
Similarly, in September 2013 Cardinal Raymond Burke, the chief justice of the Vatican, said that he believed Pelosi should be denied Holy Communion because of her own extreme pro-choice stance.
But if the bishops decide that Biden, Pelosi and the rest will be denied Holy Communion unless they change their positions on abortion, they can take heart — they can always convert and become “good Wiccans.” They love abortion.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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