US President Joe Biden calls himself a “devoted 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 release in the American press of a draft of a majority decision of the Supreme Court, which is expected to overturn federal jurisprudence on abortion in the United States, has revived Biden’s conflict with Catholic Church doctrine.
Last week, Biden said he ordered White House lawyers to prepare “options for an administration response to the ongoing attack on abortion and reproductive rights” in the case. the repeal of the jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade be confirmed.
“A woman’s right to choose is fundamental. Roe has been the law of the land for almost 50 years. Equality requires it not to be nullified,” Biden claimed.
Interestingly, in the years following Roe v. Wade, he was strongly opposed to abortion. Senator for Delaware in 1280, he said at the time that the Supreme Court went “too far” in its decision. In the years 1970 and 80, Biden voted for an amendment to ban federal funding of abortions and authored 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 , which causes indignation in important figures of the American 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 and reiterates as a “scandal” the rejection of Catholics “in their personal or professional lives ” to doctrines or moral teachings of the Church.
The document does not quotes Biden nor does he direct that Catholic politicians who support abortion be denied communion, but stresses that “laity who exercise some form of public authority have a special responsibility to incorporate the teachings of the Church.”
The denial of communion was even debated due to the dissatisfaction of Catholic bishops with the pro-abortion position from Biden. In November 2020, a few days after the Democrat was elected president, Joseph Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas, asked on Twitter Biden “repents of his disagreement with Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage , for your own salvation and for the good of our nation.”
In October of last year, a few days before Biden was to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, asked the pontiff to confront the American president about abortion.
“Dear Pope Francis, you have boldly declared that abortion is ‘murder’. Please question President Biden on this critical issue. Your persistent support for abortion is a disgrace to the Church and a scandal to the world,” he wrote on Twitter. After the meeting with Francis, Biden told the press that the topic of abortion was not discussed during the meeting, but that the pope would have said that the American president could “continue receiving communion” because would be “a good Catholic”.
Tobin expressed his disappointment in then. “I fear that the Church has lost its prophetic voice. Where are the John the Baptists who will face the Herods of our day?”, he criticized.“Breaking point”
Last week, after Biden said he intends to take action if the repeal of Roe v. Wade is confirmed by the Supreme Court, there was more criticism.
“ Let’s be completely honest. Joe Biden is a heretic. An apostate. Any bishop who does not recognize this, who does not call him to repentance, to the sacrament of confession, and does not urge him to correct his error as a professing Catholic is wrong. Sorry, this is the time to tell the truth,” snapped Deacon Keith Fournier, editor-in-chief 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 contributing to the division in this nation to the breaking point. I pray that your hardened heart will open to the sanctity of the life of the unborn child and the mother”, said the bishop.
As in last year’s Eucharist document, the USCCB did not quote Biden or other pro-abortion politicians in the communiqués it published after the release of the draft that indicates Roe’s overthrow vs. Wade. But he asked for prayers for the repeal of the jurisprudence to be confirmed by the Supreme Court.
In a call to fast and pray the Holy Rosary next Friday (13), Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, conference president, and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee, called “for the integrity of the our judicial system, and that all powers of government be devoted to the pursuit of the common good and the protection of the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death” and “for the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who defend the abortion.”
In the statement, the USCCB also expressed concern about interruptions of services and “bullying” of Supreme Court justices by pro-abortion activists.