US Catholic bishops advance communion document, setting up potential rebuke of Biden

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Friday proceeded with a plan that would deny communion to public figures who support abortion rights, setting up a potential public rebuke of Presidente Joe Biden.

By a vote of 168 per 55, with six abstentions, the bishops went forward with plans for a report on the meaning of the Eucharist in the church. The vote is part of a longer process, and a rebuke of Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights is not assured. The report will be developed over the summer and presented for amendments and approval in November.
The Vatican would have to approve any action on behalf of the bishops, and would likely delay that approval if a pointed report is issued.
    Biden, an abortion rights advocate who is the first Catholic US president in nearly 60 anni, is the most openly religious president since Jimmy Carter. This movement is driven by the extremely conservative wing of the Catholic Church.
      Some bishops want the report to be a broader teaching tool for all Catholics about the importance of the sacrament of communion and they have been reminding their fellows of the Pope’s exhortation to avoid divisiveness.
        Asked at the end of remarks at the White House Friday afternoon about the vote, Biden ha risposto, “That’s a private matter and I don’t think it’s going to happen.
        Pew surveys show more than half of US Catholics favor abortion rights and most American Catholics do not believe Biden should be refused communion.
          Catholics for Choice, a liberal Catholic group that advocates for abortion rights, ha detto che lo era “profoundly saddenedby Friday’s vote and condemned using the Eucharistas a weapon of punishment.
            In a country and church already riven with tension and division, today the bishops chose to be partisan instead of pastoral, cruel rather than Christ-like,” the group said. “They have chosen to disobey Jesus’s command to ‘feed one another,’ but everyday U.S. Catholics — 67 percent of whom oppose withholding Communion and other Sacraments from supporters of abortion rightswill continue to know better and do better.
            Questa storia è in sospeso e verrà aggiornata.

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