Biden Faces Backlash From US Bishops over Reinstatement of Taxpayer-Funded Abortions
'This Executive Order violates human dignity'
Joe Biden faced fire from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) over his reinstatement of taxpayer-funded abortions around the world.
Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop David Malloy said in a statement:
“It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations."
“This Executive Order is antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching.
"We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action."
Biden signed an executive order on Thursday allowing taxpayer funds to be sent to organizations that both “promote and provide abortions in developing countries."
The order revoked President Trump's life-saving Mexico City policy, the Bishops say.
The bishops note that the policy had separated abortion from family planning activities and “ensured U.S. taxpayer funds went to organizations that agreed to provide health services in a way that respected the dignity of all persons."
“We urge the President to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children,” the bishops added.
They also assert that the Catholic Church is ready to promote global women’s health in a manner that furthers integral human development while respecting the dignity of every human life, “beginning in the womb.”
“To serve our brothers and sisters with respect, it is imperative that care begin with ensuring that the unborn are free from violence, recognizing every person as a child of God,” the bishops concluded.
“We hope the new administration will work with us to meet these significant needs.”
Meanwhile, Biden has been praised as a “devout Catholic” by the mainstream media.
According to Catholic teachings, abortion is such an abominable crime that the harshest punishment the Church imposes automatic ex-communication.
The Church also teaches that Catholic politicians have a “grave and clear obligation to oppose” any law that promotes abortion.
But there wasn't all backlash against Biden.
The National Catholic Reporter, a progressive newspaper, called for Bishops who dared to criticize Joe Biden to be investigated.
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.”