Roman Catholic bishops across the country are condemning President Biden’s recent decision to reverse the Mexico City policy that blocked federal funding for abortions overseas to abortion providers, calling the issue “incompatible with Catholic teaching.”
In a statement from Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities “It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations,” he went on “This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching. We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action. We urge the President to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children.”
Archbishop Naumann was participating at the opening Mass of the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life on Jan. 28. and during his homily he went after President Biden for claiming to be a devout Catholic but doesn’t follow the Catholic teachings.
Biden “proudly professes to be a devout Catholic even as he promises to codify Roe v. Wade, seeks to force American taxpayers to fund abortions… and desires to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in their employee health plans.”
“Sadly, President Biden is the perfect example of the religiously and ethically incoherent straddle: claiming to believe that human life begins at conception and personally opposing abortion, while doing everything within his power to promote and institutionalize abortion not only in the U.S.A. but also around the world.”
He added “The people of the United States have entrusted enormous power and responsibility to President Biden. However, the presidency does not empower him to define Catholic doctrine and moral teachings.”
White House describes Joe Biden as being a “devout Catholic” however his actions, and the statements of some Catholic bishops say otherwise.
Recently after President Biden’s inauguration, Catholic bishops in the U.S. along with the Vatican have sparred on if President Biden should or shouldn’t receive Holy Communion during Mass, over his views on abortion.
Biden in the past said he refuses to impose his “religious beliefs on other people.” However, both the Catholic Catechism and some clergy have indicated that politicians have an obligation to support anti-abortion legislation. in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the procedure to have and abortion and infanticide “are abominable crimes.”
It also reads: “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority.” The Catechism also warns that “when the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined.”
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, which performs more than 300,000 abortions a day, praised the decision the reverse the Mexico City policy.
According to a recent Marist poll which asked “Do you strongly support, support, oppose, or strongly oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries?”
77% of Americans are strongly opposed or strongly opposed to the proposition, including 64% who identify as “pro-choice.”