The pro-abortion policies of President Joe Biden are in direct opposition to Christian teachings, said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, who also serves as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Biden “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic” and acknowledge that his abortion views stand in direct opposition to the Catholic Church and Christian teachings he told “Catholic World Report”. He also spoke on the Catholic television network EWTN about new abortion policies. In that interview, he said that Biden’s “soul is in jeopardy.”
“Mr. Biden professes to be a devout Catholic yet is 100 percent pro-choice on abortion. How do you think America’s bishops ought to respond to this situation?” the magazine asked.
“I can tell you how this bishop is responding,” Archbishop Naumann replied. “The president should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic and acknowledge that his view on abortion is contrary to Catholic moral teaching. It would be a more honest approach from him to say he disagreed with his church on this important issue and that he was acting contrary to church teaching.
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“When he says he is a devout Catholic, we bishops have the responsibility to correct him. Although people have given this president power and authority, he cannot define what it is to be a Catholic and what Catholic moral teaching is. What he is doing now is usurping the role of the bishops and confusing people.”
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, abortion is a grave moral evil that cannot be approved or tolerated in any circumstance. In 2019, a Catholic priest in South Carolina reportedly enforced the church’s code of canon law by denying the then-former vice president the sacrament of Holy Communion due to his stance on abortion.
Naumann said he doesn’t anticipate a situation in which he would have to decide whether to deny communion to the president
“I don’t think I’ll ever be in that situation; I don’t anticipate him coming to Mass in Kansas and coming up to me to receive communion,” he said. “I do believe that his bishop has a responsibility to dialogue with him about this issue. What he is supporting is a serious evil. I don’t know the disposition of his mind and heart, but his act of supporting legal abortion is wrong.”
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice