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The U.S. Bishops’ Biden Problem

As a candidate for president, Joe Biden used every available opportunity to make his Catholic faith an issue in the campaign. Clearly, this was a very effective political strategy for Biden. 

Election Day exit polls show he received roughly half of the votes of self-identified Catholics, despite his clear record of supporting policies that are antithetical to the faith. So it should come as no surprise that a Joe Biden presidency has already been characterized by the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference as posing a “difficult and complex” situation. 

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking at the USCCB’s Nov. 16-17 virtual fall assembly, publicly drew attention to the challenges that a Biden presidency will pose, due to the presumptive president-elect’s dissent from key elements of Church teaching.

Given his clear public-policy positions during the campaign, we should take Biden at his word. Archbishop Gomez summed this up saying that Biden “will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include: the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe v. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.”

Indeed, Biden’s campaign promises regarding abortion wouldn’t merely undermine the Church’s pro-life commitments. Their implementation would seek to permanently institutionalize abortion rights into U.S. law, with little or no restriction.

Read more at National Catholic Register

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