U.S. Catholic bishops on Friday agreed to prepare a document that would lay out the conditions under which Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Biden, may be denied Communion.
The bishops’ doctrinal committee will now proceed to draft a document on the Eucharist that will include a section on the conditions under which politicians may receive Communion. Some bishops want that section to state that politicians who support abortion rights must be denied the sacrament.
Denying the Holy Eucharist would be a personal blow to the president, who often talks of his Catholic faith and quotes the Bible.
Biden is a faithful participant at Sunday Mass and a devout Catholic, and his current bishop in Washington supports allowing him to take Communion, but the Democratic president’s support of federal funding for abortion clashes with the Pope’s position that abortion is morally wrong.
While Biden says he’s personally opposed to abortion, he flip-flopped two years ago and dropped his opposition to federal funding for abortion.
It’s a simmering controversy that was waiting to explode