The chair of the pro-life committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a formal statement criticizing President Joe Biden, a Catholic, for his “single-minded” prioritization of ensuring abortion is legal ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
Archbishop William Lori of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, who serves as chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement in response to Biden’s vow that codifying an abortion right into federal law will be his top priority if the Democrats retain control of both houses of Congress.
While the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act this year, the bill fell short in the evenly divided US Senate.
“The President is gravely wrong to continue to seek every possible avenue to make abortion easier instead of using his power to increase support and care for mothers in difficult situations,” Lori wrote.
“This single-minded extremism must end, and we beseech President Biden to recognize the humanity of preterm infants and the genuine life-giving care that women in this country need.”
Noting that USCCB members “deal with the tragic effects of abortion on a daily basis,” Lori emphasized that “abortion is an act of violence that ends the life of unborn children and hurts countless women.”
The archbishop expressed a desire to “continue our work with our government and leaders to protect everyone’s right to life and to ensure that pregnant and caring mothers are fully supported in the pre and postnatal care of their children.”
The President’s push to incorporate an abortion right into federal law follows the decision by the US Supreme Court in June this year that the US Constitution contains no right to abortion. That Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 1973 decision reversed Roe v. calf Judgment that legalized abortion nationwide.
At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser last week, Biden declared that “the court got roe Right almost 50 years ago and I think Congress should codify roe once and for all.”
Noting that “we’re missing a handful of votes” since Congress is currently assembled, Biden insisted that “it’s so important to elect more Democratic senators to the United States Senate in November and more Democrats to elect the.” retain control of the House of Representatives.” Choose.
“If we do, here’s the promise I make to you and to the American people: The first bill I will put before Congress will be codification Roe v. calf,” he added. “And if Congress passes it, I’ll sign it 50 years later in January.” roe the law of the land was decided first.”
Opinion polls suggest Biden and the Democrats face an uphill battle in their bid to retain complete control of Congress. The RealClearPolitics average of the polls, which ask voters which party they want to control, shows Republicans have a 2.1-point lead.
The FiveThirtyEight Deluxe model, which forecasts election results based on “polling, fundraising, past voting patterns” and the opinions of policy experts, gives Republicans an 82% chance of retaking the House of Representatives. At the same time, the model gives Democrats a 53% chance of holding the US Senate as of Thursday afternoon.
Lori’s statement isn’t the first time Catholic bishops have expressed concern about support for legal abortion among politicians who identify as practicing Catholics.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, who preceded Lori as chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, suggested that Biden should stop calling himself a “devout Catholic” because of his pro-abortion support.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, who oversees the area where pro-abortion Catholic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lives, has repeatedly asserted that “you can’t be a good Catholic” and support abortion .
Biden’s support for abortion rights prompted a Catholic priest to withhold communion from him while he was on the campaign trail in 2019. Proponents of denying Biden Communion and other Catholic politicians who advocate abortion point to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law in justifying their position.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that abortion “seriously violates the moral law”. The Code of Canon Law of the Church also states that those “who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin shall not be admitted to Holy Communion”.
In 2004, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI. a letter to US bishops urging the need to withhold Communion from pro-abortion Catholic politicians.
“When a person’s formal cooperation becomes apparent (in the case of a Catholic politician, to be understood as his consistent campaigning and voting for legal abortion and euthanasia laws), his pastor should meet with him, teach him and inform him of Church doctrine he should only come to Holy Communion when he has ended the objective fall and warned him that otherwise he would be denied the Eucharist,” explained Ratzinger.
Whether pro-abortion Catholic politicians should receive communion became a point of contention last year when the USSCB considered passing a resolution calling on priests to refuse communion to Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion . The USCCB eventually refrained from approving a resolution calling for priests to withhold communion from pro-abortion politicians, choosing instead a draft document entitled “The Role of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.”
Responding to concerns about the document, the USCCB stated that “the document being prepared is not disciplinary in nature and is not aimed at any individual or group of people.”
As summarized by the USCCB, the document will “contain a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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