Religious leaders criticized the president’s move to let taxpayer funds be used to kill unborn babies outside the United States as incompatible with their teachings.
Sixty-eight bishops denounced Joe Biden’s executive order to reverse an earlier Trump-era ban on federally funding foreign abortion providers.
Cardinals Blase Cupich, Wilton Gregory, Sean O’Malley, Joseph Tobin, and 64 other bishops accused the Democrat’s decision of being at odds with their spiritual beliefs.
The bishops also asked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) not to debate whether pro-abortion, self-identified Catholics in public life should be denied Holy Communion.
“We respectfully urge that all conference-wide discussion and committee work on the topic of Eucharistic worthiness, and other issues raised by the Holy See, be postponed until the full body of bishops is able to meet in person,” they said in a letter shared on Scribd.
They described the matter of taking an unborn baby’s life as significant enough to warrant a face-to-face conversation.
“The serious nature of these issues–especially the imperative to forge substantial unity–makes it impossible to address them productively in the fractured, and isolated, setting of a distance meeting,” they said.
The bishops believe holding such a virtual debate does not meet the requirements set by the religious establishment.
“The high standard of consensus among ourselves, and of maintaining unity with the Holy See and the Universal Church, are set forth … by Cardinal Ladaria [and] is far from being achieved in the present moment,” they said.
The remarks came months after Biden used his rise to the Oval Office to quickly ease abortion rules and promote transgenderism. The BL understands these policies have distressed many American Catholics and their religious leaders.
Cardinals Gregory of Washington and Cupich from Chicago are listed as the letter’s “principal authors.” Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski (St. Louis), Bishop Robert McElroy (San Diego), and Bishop John Stowe (Lexington, Kentucky) are among the many ordinaries who signed. Several auxiliary bishops also co-signed the letter, including seven in Chicago and two in Washington.
The letter was initially signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York) but a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese confirmed Dolan has already asked for his signature to be removed, according to Life Site News.
Cardinal Cupich is well-known for his objection to denying pro-abortion politicians Holy Communion.
He recently criticized an article Archbishop Samuel Aquila from Denver wrote about Eucharistic coherence and slammed the USCCB President José H. Gomez’s remarks released shortly after Biden was sworn in as U.S. president.
“[Biden] has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” Gomez said in an earlier statement. “Of deep concern is the liberty of the church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”