What the Catholic Church thinks of ‘Catholic’ Biden being pro-abortion – News Release India

US President Joe Biden calls himself a ‘devout Catholic’ and ‘personally pro-life’, but he has already taken several steps to encourage abortion in his government, on the grounds that he cannot impose his religion on others .

The publication in the American press of a proposed Supreme Court majority decision, which is expected to overturn federal abortion jurisprudence in the United States, has reignited Biden’s conflict with the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Last week, Biden said he had ordered White House lawyers to prepare “options for an administration response to the ongoing attack on abortion and reproductive rights” in the case. repeal of Roe v. Wade be confirmed.

“A woman’s right to choose is fundamental. Roe was the law of the land for nearly 50 years. Equality demands that it not be undone,” Biden said.

Interestingly, in the years after Roe v. Wade, he was strongly opposed to abortion. A senator from Delaware in 1280, he then said the Supreme Court had gone “too far” in its decision. In the 1970s and 80s, Biden voted for an amendment to ban federal funding for abortions and drafted another to veto resources for foreign research on the subject. In 1982 he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade.

However, Biden has changed his mind over the years, prompting outrage from prominent figures in the US Catholic Church.

Last year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a document on the Eucharist that preaches the defense of the unborn child and reiterates as a “scandal” the rejection of Catholics “in their lives personal or professional” to doctrines or moral teachings. from the church.

The document does not quote Biden or order that Catholic politicians who support abortion be denied communion, but emphasizes that “lay people who exercise some form of public authority have a special responsibility to incorporate the teachings from the church”.

Denial of Communion has even been debated due to Catholic bishops’ displeasure with Biden’s pro-abortion stance. In November 2020, days after the Democrat was elected President, Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas, tweeted Biden to “repent his disagreement with Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage. , for your own salvation and for the good of our nation.”

In October last year, days before Biden was to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thomas Tobin, bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, asked the pontiff to confront the US president about abortion.

“Dear Pope Francis, you have boldly declared that abortion is ‘murder.’ Please ask President Biden about this crucial issue. Your continued support for abortion is a disgrace to the Church and an outrage to the world. “, he wrote on Twitter. After the meeting with Francis, Biden told the press that the subject of abortion was not discussed during the meeting, but that the pope would have said that the president American could “continue to receive communion” because he would be “a good Catholic”.

Tobin then expressed his disappointment. “I fear that the Church has lost its prophetic voice. Where are the John the Baptists who will face the Herods today? “, he criticized.

“Breaking point”

Last week, after Biden said he intended to take action if the repeal of Roe v. Wade was upheld by the Supreme Court, there were more critics.

“Let’s be completely honest. Joe Biden is a heretic. An apostate. Any bishop who does not recognize him, who does not call him to repentance, to the sacrament of confession, and does not exhort him to correct his error as a professing Catholic is wrong. Sorry, it’s time to tell the truth,” said Deacon Keith Fournier, editor of Catholic Online.

Strickland, meanwhile, made another appeal to Biden. “Mr. President, you are wrong, completely wrong, and as you continue to push this agenda forward, you are helping to divide this nation to the breaking point. I pray that your hardened heart will open to character sacred to the life of the unborn child and the mother,” the Bishop said.

As in last year’s Eucharist document, the USCCB did not quote Biden or other pro-abortion politicians in statements he issued after the release of the draft that indicates Roe’s overthrow against Wade. But he asked for prayers that the repeal of the case law will be upheld by the Supreme Court.

In a call to fast and pray the Holy Rosary next Friday (13), Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez, president of the conference, and Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, chairman of the pro-life activities committee of the ‘USCCB, called “for the integrity of our judicial system”. system, and that all the powers of government be consecrated to the pursuit of the common good and to the protection of the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death” and “for the conversion of hearts and minds of those who defend abortion.

In the statement, the USCCB also expressed concern about service disruptions and “bullying” of Supreme Court justices by pro-abortion activists.

Last week, Politico released a draft ruling saying the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, of 1280, which authorized abortion in the country under certain circumstances, and restored to the American states the freedom to legislate on the matter. The official decision must be made by July.

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