U.S. Catholic bishops on Friday agreed to prepare a document that would lay out the conditions under which Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Biden, may be denied Communion. To be formally adopted, the document would need support of two-thirds of the bishops.
Several prominent Roman Catholic politicians, including Mr.
One section of the document is meant to include a specific admonition to Catholic politicians and other public figures who disobey church teaching on abortion and other core doctrinal issues. The bishops had cast their votes the previous day.
"That's a private matter, and I don't think that's going to happen", Biden responded before scurrying off the stage.More news: Covid-19: NI records 178 new cases and no further deaths
Meanwhile, Bishop Robert McElroy, an opponent of withholding communion from pro-abortion Catholic politicians, contends that depriving "political leaders of Eucharist based on their public policy stance" amounts to a "weaponization of [the] eucharist". He has said he is personally opposed to abortion, but that he does not feel that view should be forced on others.
They said they were inspired by Catholic social doctrines to serve the poorest and promote abortion alternatives.
The conference's Committee on Doctrine is now expected to draft the document over the next six months, and the bishops will review an amendable draft at an upcoming meeting. The decision on whether Biden should be allowed to receive Communion would still be left up to individual bishops, as is standard for all churchgoers, but a new document would inform those decisions.More news: Hong Kong Police Arrest Newspaper Officials Under National Security Law
"The concern in the Vatican is not to use access to the Eucharist as a political weapon", Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit priest who is politically close to Francis, told the New York Times.
Democrats have also mounted increasing pressure on Biden to take action in defense of abortion rights as Republicans, motivated by the defeat of Donald Trump by Biden and the shifting of both houses of Congress to nominal control by the Democrats, have rushed to introduce a wave of anti-abortion bills.
At a press conference on Thursday, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, said the committee drafting the statement "will be looking at that whole issue of eucharistic consistency". He supports the legality of abortion, while Catholic bishops have long made its abolition a foremost policy goal.
"The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed", it reads. More than 270 USA bishops were eligible to vote. At the rally in Washington, D.C., Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins accused Catholic Church leadership of sending "mixed messages about abortion" by failing to implement an explicit policy barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving communion.More news: Almost 119000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses left