An official document being written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops could potentially bar President Biden from receiving Communion because of his Pro-Choice beliefs
The vote in favor of the document by the USCCB comes after controversy over whether notable Catholics who support abortion should be given Communion
White House Press Secretary says that President Biden will probably “continue to attend church”
After the vote from the USCCB, Biden stated that he doesn’t think the Church will prevent him from receiving Communion
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that President Biden will probably “continue to attend church” regardless of if a decision is made by the Catholic church to bar the president and other Catholics from receiving Communion. An official document that is being written by the U.S Conference of Bishops doctrine committee will explain further whether Catholics who support abortion will be able to receive the Eucharist.
A virtual meeting between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last week concluded with a majority vote in favor of creating an official document that could prevent President Biden from receiving Communion at church. The creation of the document comes after the controversy of whether those who are in favor of abortion should be able to receive Communion, as it contradicts the Church’s beliefs.
168 out of the 229 bishops voted in favor of the document that will explain what the Eucharist stands for and will discuss whether Pro-Choice Catholics will be able to receive Communion. A portion of the document will a indicate particular warning to notable Catholics who go against any fundamental beliefs of the Church, including abortion.
When asked last week by reporters about the creation of the new document Biden stated, “That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated today when asked by reporters that President Biden “is a strong man of faith.”
“He goes to church, as you know, nearly every weekend. He even went when we were on our overseas trip. But it’s personal to him. He doesn’t see it through a political prism, and we’re not going to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church.”
The next meeting for the USCCB is scheduled for November, which will need a two-thirds vote in favor of the newly written document to go forward. Although it is ultimately left up to President Biden’s bishop if he receives Communion, the new document will advise those choices.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City Kansas stated during the meeting of the bishops that it is public officials such as President Biden who are putting a spotlight on the church’s values.
“It’s not the bishops who have brought us to this point – it’s some of our public officials. This is a Catholic president doing the most aggressive things we’ve ever seen on life at its most innocent.”
President Biden has changed his view on abortion throughout his years in politics, including voting in favor of allowing states to reverse Roe vs. Wade. Biden also stated during his 2020 presidential run that he no longer supported the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions. A position Biden supported as a senator through the 1970s and 80s in addition to not supporting exceptions in the amendment such as rape and incest.