Progressive 'Catholic' Newspaper Attacks Bishops for Daring to Criticize Joe Biden
Left-wing new outlet takes issue with Bishops not excoriating Trump
The National Catholic Reporter, a progressive newspaper, called for Bishops who dared to criticize Joe Biden, while failing to sufficiently excoriate Donald Trump, to be investigated.
The newspaper takes issue with Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez's statement following the Capitol riots earlier this month.
Though Archbishop Gomez condemned the violence, he failed "to name Trump, did not condemn the white supremacy that obviously animated many of the protesters or Trump’s despicable election disinformation campaign, and did not go beyond the level of platitude,” the editors write.
Gomez also pointed out areas where Biden promotes “moral evils.”
“I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” Gomez wrote in his statement.
“Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
The statement reflects concerns over Biden’s full-bore support for Planned Parenthood, his support for gender transition (even for minors), opposition to school choice, and other related issues that goes against Catholic teaching.
“It’s time for Pope Francis to order an apostolic visitation to investigate what has gone wrong with an organization that began during World War I as a model of cooperation and national audacity and is now a symbol of division and national embarrassment,” the Reporter editors added.
The editors also write that praise for Trump's pro-life efforts was undeserved.
“Worse even, Gomez and other conference officials took part in an April conference call with Trump where the (former) liar-in-chief called himself the ‘best [president] in the history of the Catholic Church,’” the editorial declares.
Last year, former Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput argued that Biden should be refused Holy Communion because it would be the appropriate pastoral action.
“Public figures who identify as ‘Catholic’ give scandal to the faithful when receiving Communion by creating the impression that the moral laws of the Church are optional,” wrote Chaput.
"And bishops give similar scandal by not speaking up publicly about the issue and danger of sacrilege,” he adds.
“Those bishops who publicly indicate in advance that they will undertake their own dialogue with President-elect Joseph Biden and allow him Communion effectively undermine the work of the task force established at the November bishops’ conference meeting to deal precisely with this and related issues,” he continues.
“This gives scandal to their brother bishops and priests, and to the many Catholics who struggle to stay faithful to Church teaching."
"It does damage to the bishops’ conference, to the meaning of collegiality, and to the fruitfulness of the conference’s advocacy work with the incoming administration.”