The Vatican has sent a warning to conservative U.S. bishops about a possible proposal by some of them to deny communion to election officials who claim to be Catholic and who support legislation allowing abortion, including President Joe Biden.
The head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Luis Ladaria, wrote the controversial letter on May 7 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presided over by Archbishop Jose Gomez, Catholic News reported.
In the letter, Ladaria tells Gomez that any such policy requires dialogue first among the bishops themselves and then between the bishops and Catholic politicians who support abortion rights whom the cardinal specifically identified as “pro-choice.”
Commenting on Ladaria’s letter in the National Catholic Reporter, columnist Michael Sean Williams said the CDF chief effectively “derails” plans to deny communion to Biden.
The Vatican letter was sent after it emerged that the U.S. Catholic bishops would hold their next national meeting in June. They will finalize whether to send a stern message to President Joe Biden and other politicians who also pretend to be Christians by denying them communion if they persist in publicly defending abortion rights.
The document will be prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to clarify the position of at least the conservative sector of the Church on an issue that has generated discussions and discomfort among episcopal authorities.
The situation in recent months has become more complex, as last year Biden’s position promoting the abortion agenda bothered some sectors of 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 United States, there is a Catholic president who accepts and promotes abortions on a large scale.
This message should scandalize the Vatican, being the main reference of the Catholic Church worldwide. But unfortunately, this is not the case, and far from supporting this group of bishops who are concerned about maintaining the beliefs, traditions, and the biblical message, they are pushing to create division within the church and the community, encouraging the abortionist ideology to continue advancing.
The vision of the USCCB differs absolutely; according to them, the position of politicians who claim to be Christians but defend abortion is a direct attack against human life and the values of society.
It is “a grave moral evil,” asserted Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. He chairs the USCCB’s Pro-Life Activities Committee and believes it is necessary to publicly rebuke Biden on the issue News Max reported.
“Because President Biden is Catholic, he presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann said. “It can create confusion. How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the teachings of the church?”
“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.”
The letter will surely generate strong discord among the episcopal authorities of the United States, and it will depend on their righteousness to stand firm in defense of life and the measures to be taken with those politicians like Biden who use religion as propaganda to get votes but leave it entirely aside in their actions.