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Biden, just the second Catholic American president in history, regularly attends church and shows his faith as a deeply personal aspect of his life.
Still, the American Catholic Bishops̵
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“You did not ask Bill Barr, a Catholic, not to take communion when he extended the killing of people with the death penalty,” the rep said. Ted locationTed W. LieuLieu calls Catholic bishops ‘hypocrites’ to deny Biden communion Gaetz, under investigation cloud, question FBI Director Crenshaw trolled after asking for examples of ‘awakened ideology’ in the military MORE (D-Calif.), Referring to the former Attorney General and his position on the death penalty.
Lieu, a Catholic who himself has come under criticism for his choices by point of view, called the bishops “hypocrites,” a sentiment that has been repeated by others.
“We certainly know that President Trump was a deeply amoral individual whose personal and political stance flew in the light of almost everything the Catholic Church teaches,” said Maggie Siddiqi, senior director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress.
“Yet we did not hear nearly as strong opposition from what we have from a Catholic president whose personal and political stance seems overwhelming and deeply aligned with the Catholic Church. It’s hard to imagine that this is not just biased, ”she added, citing Biden’s policy of childcare, maternal health, poverty and racial justice as in line with church views.
The White House has said the issue is personal to the president, but has not commented further.
“The president’s faith is personal. It’s something that has helped him lead some challenging moments in their lives, and that’s where many Americans also see their faith, not through a political prism, ”White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden Hosts Afghan White House President Friday Defense: Pentagon Draws Some Middle East Air Defense Assets | Dems introduces resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination White House denies halting military aid break to Ukraine White House denies stopping military aid package to Ukraine MORE told reporters Monday.
The USCCB document will be debated subject to change and will be voted on at the group’s next meeting in November. It would also need Vatican approval to enter into force, which does not seem likely. Pope Francis last week warned U.S. bishops against denying politicians communion and warned that communion cannot be used as a political weapon.
The American bishops, however, went ahead with their debate despite the pope’s warning.
“It’s a sad comment on everything that’s going on in the world, [that] they meet to do this. They have a particular vision of what is important, and it really hurts believers and people who are considering becoming believers, ”said Lerone Martin, professor of religion and politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Louis.
While allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, repeatedly denied by Trump, overshadow his presidency, these accusations did not bring a similar trait from conservative Catholic bishops.
The big reason for that is abortion. That’s the topic that sparked the movement at this year’s conference, and that’s why many conservative Catholics – and the bishops who launched last week’s vote – support the former president.
Trump sought to be the most pro-life president in history, leaving a lasting legacy in the Supreme Court by having three new judges confirmed. It is questionable whether the court might overturn the decision on Roe v. Wade, which legalizes abortion across the country.
“You can’t support President Trump on certain issues, but when he then says things that are sinful or morally corrupt, he can’t be held accountable,” Martin said, pointing to Trump’s divorces and allegations of sexual assault and lies.
Other voices that deeply support the bishops’ move say the important distinction is that Biden is a Catholic, while Trump is not.
“Donald Trump is not Catholic. If Donald Trump was a Catholic and he had several of these divorces and he wanted to attend the reception of communion, he would have to get a cancellation, ”said Students for Life of America, President Kristan Hawkins. “I do not think it is fair to bring up Donald Trump because Donald Trump is not a Catholic and he is not considered the doctrine of the Church.”
Other conservative Catholics also point out that Trump moved their questions further.
“Donald Trump did far more for life as a non-Catholic than Joe Biden does as a Catholic,” said Brian Burch, president of the CatholicVote group.
The Catholics for Choice group condemned the bishops’ movement as “grotesque and reprehensible”, but said it was heartfelt of the bishops to speak out against it.
The USCCB does not release how bishops voted. The action point of the committee on the doctrine of starting a teaching document on the Holy Eucharist consisted of 168-55, in which six bishops abstained.
The Catholic Bishops’ Group in the United States is led by José Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, who is more conservative than the two church leaders with whom Biden interacts and from whom he receives most communion: Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC and retired Bishop W Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Del.
Both have said that Biden can receive communion in their jurisdictions. Wilmington’s future bishop, Monsignor William Koenig, has not taken a public stance.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said Biden’s handling of the bishop’s actions so far could be a good way to put the issue to the back of his mind.
He also warned that the decision could catch fire at the church with younger people.
“You do not have to take a stand on this to realize that the bishops’ attitude towards abortion and President Biden have the wrong head. A very large percentage of especially younger Catholics do not identify with many of their views and they leave the church,” he said.