San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote a statement directed at the 60 Democratic congressmen claiming to be “Catholics” who published a defense of their support for abortion and pressured the bishops not to take communion away from President Biden.

As Biden continues to defend and endorse abortion across the country, 60 Catholic Democrats attempted in a public statement to pressure the U.S. bishops not to deny communion to those Catholics who promote abortion. 

In their letter, the Catholic Democrats insisted that they “seek the guidance and help of the Church, but also believe in the primacy of conscience.”

The Democrats blamed the bishops for instrumentalizing the sacrament of communion against Biden. Most of the group also promotes the killing of unborn babies, according to the June 18 Daily Caller.

These accusations were in reaction to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) recent approval of a proposal to draft a statement possibly denying communion to high-profile pro-abortion politicians.

“In recognizing the Church’s role in providing moral leadership, we acknowledge and accept the tension that comes with disagreeing with the Church in some areas,” they stated. 

Archbishop Cordileone, for his part, wrote a public letter addressed precisely to the 60 Democrats who call themselves Christians, in which he assures that “the public nature of the statement invites a public response and provides an excellent opportunity for candid dialogue.”

Cordileone, as open to dialogue as he is, was not shy about defending his position and that of the roots of the Catholic Church by stating that “the early Church described abortion as a form of homicide,” he adds, “and that the Christian community condemned abortion as early as the first century in the Didache.”

He then went on to highlight the enormous contradiction in the discourse of the “Christian Democrats” who defend abortion, who on the one hand claim to want to “realize the basic principles that are at the heart of Catholic social teaching,” but on the other hand do not respect the most basic tenets of the Catholic faith: “Do not intentionally kill or allow others to kill innocent human life.”

The Democrats in their letter stated that “we seek the guidance and assistance of the Church, but we also believe in the primacy of conscience.” Here Cordileone found another point of criticism in asserting that the term “conscience” is not well used in this case. Conscience is not deciding what is right or wrong for each one, the archbishop assures.

Conscience is by no means an individual construction of a certain reality. The “truth” is not invented by human beings and developed at our convenience. We seek “truth” with ‘the guidance of the Church’ and then submit to it.

“The abortion issue involves not just a tactical disagreement over a policy issue,” Cordileone continues. “This is a heinous evil. It’s comparable to ‘disagreeing’ on the evil of lynching or human trafficking.”

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