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Biden, the Bishops, and the New Face of Catholicism

(L-R) Incoming Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, US President-elect Joe Biden and Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, attend a Covid-19 Memorial at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2021 to honor the lives of those lost to Covid-19. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Catholic Church in America has been thrust into a new and unprecedented crisis—namely the election of Joseph Biden to the presidency. If not dealt with properly, Biden’s presidency will cause serious damage to the very truth of what it means to be Catholic. Of course, I am referring to the fact that while Biden professes the Catholic faith, he fully supports legalized abortion, same-sex “marriage” and transgenderism, and vowed that he will do all he can to advance these causes during his administration. Nonetheless, Biden’s practice of Catholicism will be on display for the whole world to observe—as he attends Mass and receives Holy Communion. 

The impact of a pro-abortion Catholic president was not lost on Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, when in her December 9 article she opined that “Biden is poised to make his mark on American Catholicism.” Boorstein quotes Jayd Henricks, who, having once headed up the bishops’ office of government relations, proclaimed almost as a warning that if the bishops do not address Biden’s opposition to the God-given right to life (among other issues), “President Biden can redefine the perception of what it is to be a Catholic in good standing.” In other words, Biden will essentially be in charge of what it means to be a practicing Catholic—rendering the authority of the bishops impotent and irrelevant. However, the USCCB has already created a working committee, headed by Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, whose task is to determine how the Church will deal with the “difficult and complex situation” the Biden administration will present. 

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