A measure that could become “an early step” toward denying communion to President Joe Biden, a professing Catholic with pro-abortion policies, has garnered support from a majority of Catholic Bishops in America.
The conference’s doctrine committee will present a draft at the bishops’ fall meeting for debate. Approval of a final document would need the support of two-thirds of bishops. Whatever the outcome of the final decision, it would still be up to the individual bishop to decide how to implement it in his diocese.
President Biden was asked by a reporter about the measure and whether he is concerned it could be used to deny him communion. Biden called it “a private matter” and told the reporter, “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
It is the current policy of the Catholic church that any parishioner in “good standing” can attend mass and receive communion, but the debate over whether or not supporting abortion can still leave a Catholic parishioner in such standing is steadily growing.
Biden has already been denied communion by at least one priest, as we have previously reported.
According to the South Carolina Morning News, the then-Democratic presidential frontrunner was denied communion back in 2019 over his stance on abortion by Rev. Robert Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Morning News, adding that he believes that “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” he continued. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”
Since ascending to the presidency, Biden has put his administration to work chiseling away at policies that protect unborn children, including the Mexico City Policy that kept taxpayer funds from being used for international aboritons, and the Hyde Amendment which blocked federal funding for abortion services in America.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued that Biden does not have the prerogative to decide what is and is not allowed in the life of a faithful Catholic.
“Americans have given him a lot of power and authority,” the priest said according to CBN. “One power he doesn’t have is to define what it means to be Catholic.”
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