The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held a National Day of Fasting and Prayer of the Rosary last Friday in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft ruling that could nuke the Roe vs. Wade previous.
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee, invited the faithful to unite in penance and prayer for the nation, the integrity of the judiciary, the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade and Family planning c. Caseythe conversion of pro-abortionists, the strengthening of the nuclear family and the promotion of a culture of life.
The bishops should be applauded for this frankly rare display of unity, conviction and clarity. Unfortunately, it’s too little, too late. As of the 2020 election campaign, Pope Francis as well as the US bishops, with a notable thimble exceptionsshed light on worshipers about “Catholic” Joe Biden.
Any in-depth guide to making a good confession will tell Catholics that having an abortion, encouraging or assisting someone to have an abortion, and supporting a pro-abortion political candidate all violate God’s law, including the Fourth and Fifth Commandments. .
However, slippery prelates have chosen to play a sneaky game with their flocks. Their convoluted and sometimes misleading voting guides have allowed millions of American Catholics to mistakenly believe that, first, Republican policies on issues like immigration, energy and the environment are somehow un-Catholic (not , they’re not), and that in any case, these can rightly be weighed against killing innocent lives in the womb (no, they can’t).
In an interview with Catholic News Service, a USCCB official went so far as to say she was “thrilled” by Biden’s choice of pro-abortion vice president. The USCCB quickly controlled the damage, but it was too late; the cat was out of the bag.
Biden’s support for a lewd anti-Catholic platform of taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand until birth should have drawn far more rebuke and far less relativization from Catholic bishops. Yet when an outspoken Wisconsin priest attempted this, he was infamously censured and eventually kicked out of the parish by his bishop for stating the obvious: you can’t be a Catholic and a Democrat.
Obviously, nothing obliges Catholics to support a particular candidate or political party. But Catholics simply can’t vote for politicians who argue that pulling a baby from the womb is a “reproductive health” procedure that should be subsidized by the American taxpayer.
It was always the job of the American bishops to state it in clear terms. What followed instead, several months after Biden’s elevation to the White House, was a superfluous document on Eucharistic coherence, in which the bishops reiterated their position that those who challenge Catholic teaching on the abortion should refrain from taking Holy Communion.
Behind the scenes, they must have felt a bit in trouble that there was now an American president, whom as a candidate they had neglected to publicly reprimand, who professed to be Catholic, received communion, but gave a thumbs-up to the murder of the unborn child. In any case, what would have provided meat to the case – the Communion’s denial of Catholic politicians who belligerently support abortion – ended up being omitted from the document. This was hardly surprising, given that Pope Francis has never agreed with this.
Indeed, Pope Francis has recognized that abortion is “homicide” and described it as “killing a human life to solve a problem”. Nonetheless, Biden alleged that the pope told him during a one-on-one at the Vatican last fall that he was “a good Catholic and…he should continue to take communion.”
If that wasn’t a strong enough message for Catholic clergy and laity, then jovial Pope Francis Meet with United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another pro-abortion Catholic apostate, in which the two exchanged gifts before posing for the cameras, locked in a clumsy hand and ogling like two Cheshire cats.
With these kinds of confusing and downright misleading messages from the USCCB and the Vatican, it’s no wonder that just over half of Catholic voters in 2020, including 67% of Hispanic Catholic voters, decided that it was morally acceptable to opt for a platform of naked voters. abortion extremism. Compare that with the 39% of Protestant voters who voted for Biden.
Eighteen months into this nightmare of an administration, with the anti-life agenda now in full display, and appalling acts of anti-Catholic vandalism and sacrilege across the United States, the Bishops’ Appeal to hold hands and hold prayer circles may be well-intentioned, but is nonetheless derisory and misses the mark.
It shouldn’t be for a popular cable TV host like Tucker Carlson, an Episcopalian, to point out that “Catholic” Joe doesn’t seem particularly fazed by threats from abortion activists to disrupt Catholic masses and burn down the church. ‘Eucharist. If the bishops had been so outspoken in 2020, this whole collision could have been avoided. Instead, we find that the “Ruth sent us” demons protect their unholy sacrament with more conviction and zeal than the prelates defended the Blessed Sacrament and the divine law of the Creator.
The Catholic hierarchy, from Pope to descendants, must stop leading Catholics down the garden path under the impression that they can in good conscience vote for politicians who support the most despicable acts against unborn life, crimes that rival the worst atrocities of pagan Rome.
All Christians should fast and do penance in reparation for the more than 60 million lives killed since the transmission of Roe vs. Wade. But unless bishops openly and unambiguously distance themselves from the cult of death by abortion and implore their flock to do the same, invitations to “give peace a chance” prayers will not suffice.
Carina Benton has dual Australian and Italian citizenship and a permanent resident of the United States. Recently emigrated from the west coast, she is now contributing to the repopulation of the interior of the country. She holds a master’s degree in education and has taught languages, literature and writing for many years in Catholic and Christian institutions, as well as secular ones. She is a practicing Catholic and mother of two young children.