U.S. Catholics divided by party on whether Biden should be denied Communion over his abortion stance
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today approved a document on the meaning of Communion that does not directly address politicians and their views on abortion rights.
Pew Research Center asked U.S. Catholics earlier this year whether President Biden’s support of abortion rights should disqualify him from receiving Communion during Mass. Among U.S. Catholic adults overall, 67% say Biden should be allowed to receive Communion, while 29% say the country’s second Catholic president should not be allowed to do this. However, among Catholics who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, a slim majority (55%) say Biden’s abortion stance should prevent him from receiving Communion, compared with just 11% of Catholic Democrats who say the same.
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BALTIMORE — Inside the cavernous hotel ballroom, Pope Francis’s emissary used an encouraging tone Tuesday as he urged hundreds of Catholic bishops to be listeners, uniters, healers. “A church that teaches must be firstly a church that listens,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre told the masked clerics.
But outside, across a narrow canal, people were shouting. “Not one more dime!”
Throughout the day, hundreds of protesters came for a rally, conference and prayer session organized by a far-right group called Church Militant. The event on a pavilion next to the Waterfront Marriott blended anger at the church over clergy sex abuse and financial non-transparency, anger at schools over coronavirus protocols, and anger at the government for allowing President Biden to assume an office they believe he lost.
Church Militant is on the fringe of the Catholic Church. But division and disagreement over priorities and even basic truths were also visible at the bishops’ first in-person gathering in two years. On Tuesday, the first of two public days at the meeting, the men considered their first document on Communion in 15 years, a process that prompted some bishops and Catholics to urge an emphasis on Biden and a crackdown on Catholic politicians who support abortion rights and continue to receive the sacrament.