Pro-abortion politicians, activists, and opinion columnists have spent the last several days attacking the Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for even considering the possibility of denying Communion to lawmakers that support abortion.
Since the election of President Joseph R. Biden Jr., only the nations second Roman Catholic president, debate has intensified over whether an elected office holder who supports and implements policy that promotes abortion should be denied from receiving Holy Communion.
The bishops on Friday voted 165-88 to a new rule about who can receive Communion. They elected to draft a “formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.”
In response to this, former newspapers like the New York Times accused the church pf moving to “target” Biden, whom they consider an allegedly ‘devout Catholic’
From the Times:
The decision, made public on Friday afternoon, is aimed at the nation’s second Catholic president, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief since Jimmy Carter, and exposes bitter divisions in American Catholicism. …
But the move to target a president, who regularly attends Mass and has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices, is striking coming from leaders of the president’s ow faith, particularly after many conservative Catholics turned a blind eye to the sexual improprieties of former President Donald J. Trump because they supported his political agenda. It reveals a uniquely American Catholicism increasingly at odds with Rome and Pope Francis.
60 “Catholic” House Democrats issued a statement decrying any attempt to “weaponize” the sacraments.
We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of a woman’s safe and legal access to abortion is contradictory. No elected officials have been threatened with being denied the Eucharist as they support and have supported policies contrary to the Church teachings, including supporting the death penalty, separating migrant children from their parents, denying asylum to those seeking safety in the United States, limiting assistance for the hungry and food insecure, and denying rights and dignity to immigrants.
However according to the Catechism, abortion sets apart as a particularly grievous break from the churches teachings, and it is the only departure in which excommunication is necessary.
But, one California Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman is taking it to another level. He suggested on a tweet Friday that it is now time to “rebuke” the Catholic Church’s tax-exempt status.
“If they are going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Huffman threatened.