Near the end of their three-day virtual meeting, the U.S. Catholic Bishops voted 168 in favor and 55 against drafting a document that could open the door for a ban on Communion for pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. The pro-abortion stance of the “Catholic” in name only politicians could cause a rebuke of Communion.
While the decision to refuse Communion is up to each parish, the New York Times went ballistic with the news of the possible action by the church, saying, “It reveals a uniquely American Catholicism increasingly at odds with Rome.”
The truth is the church is all over the map on this as the archbishop of Washington, D.C. says he welcomes Biden to take Communion even though the far-left politician has supported abortion rights.
The final document is expected to come out in November, just before the mid-terms.
The AP reports that the vote was taken after “nearly three hours of impassioned debate”:
Supporters of the measure said a strong rebuke of Biden was needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access. At the same time, opponents warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.
Self-described “good Catholic” Nancy Pelosi recently doubled down on her pro-abortion belief by refusing to say a baby is a viable human at 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Joe Biden’s far-left belief on abortion has also been called into question.
In early May, the Archbishop of San Francisco admonished Biden and Pelosi and said they shouldn’t be allowed to take Communion:
“I have had … conversations with Speaker Pelosi. In the case of President Biden or any other prominent Catholic, I think what I would do is if I knew that they were coming into the area here and planned to attend Mass, I would try to have those conversations, as well, ahead of time.”