US Bishops Drop Effort To Deny Communion To Biden

The Washington Post reports:

U.S. Catholic bishops Wednesday overwhelmingly passed their first document in 15 years on the meaning of Communion, emphasizing in the text the “special responsibility” of Catholic public figures to shape their own views based on “the Church’s faith and moral law.” The document did not mention politicians who support abortion rights or single out abortion in particular.

The vote was 222 in favor, eight opposed and three abstaining. The vote came at the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the first time the hundreds of clerics are meeting in person in two years, because of the pandemic. They passed the document after several failed efforts by bishops to amend it. Some wanted to emphasize more the importance of obedience, or of the scandal of public figures who depart from church teaching.

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Photo: USCCB president Archbishop Jose Gomez.