When the U.S. Catholic bishops meet in June, they may vote to toughen their position on Catholic politicians who openly support abortion, such as President Joe Biden.
During their next annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine will be drafting a document that will clarify their position regarding the longstanding question of how to handle Catholic politicians in open defiance of Church teaching on abortion, according to The Associated Press.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has publicly and consistently chastised Biden for his support for abortion, even saying the president “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic.”
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann told the AP. “It can create confusion. … How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the church’s teaching?”
The text, which the committee is preparing at the request of USCCB president Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, would explain the USCCB’s official stance that any Catholic politician who supports legalized abortion does not receive Communion, according to Naumann. To be approved, it must obtain a two-thirds majority vote from the bishops.