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Biden goes to Mass ignoring bishops' move that could BLOCK him and other Catholic politicians from receiving Communion if they support abortion

 President Joe Biden attended Mass on Saturday afternoon near his Delaware home ignoring a growing controversy as U.S. Catholic bishops try to block him receiving Communion because of his liberal stance on abortion.

He walked through the churchyard of St Joseph on the Brandywine before entering the church for its 4pm service.

He is a regular at the church when spending the weekend in Wilmington, and it was a familiar moment on a day marked by heartbreak.  

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church near their Delaware home. They chatted to clergy and other churchgoers before they walked through churchyard in the direction of Beau Biden's grave. A row is brewing within the American Church over his stance on abortion as bishops take an increasingly hardline stance

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church near their Delaware home. They chatted to clergy and other churchgoers before they walked through churchyard in the direction of Beau Biden's grave. A row is brewing within the American Church over his stance on abortion as bishops take an increasingly hardline stance

Biden's granddaughter Nathalie (far left), daughter of the late Beau Biden, accompanied them to church. They made the visit ahead of Father's Day on Sunday

Biden's granddaughter Nathalie (far left), daughter of the late Beau Biden, accompanied them to church. They made the visit ahead of Father's Day on Sunday

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden depart after Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Wilmington, Del

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden depart after Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Wilmington, Del

President Biden arrived alone for Saturday Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine near his Delaware home.

President Biden arrived alone for Saturday Mass at St Joseph on the Brandywine near his Delaware home.


Earlier the president and first lady Jill Biden announced that their 13-year-old German Shepherd Champ had died.

'In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion,' they said. 

'We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.'

Biden left the church at the end of the service with first lady Jill, who was carrying what looked like a magnolia plant.

Rather than making straight for the waiting motorcade, the walked to the side of the church to spend a quiet moment at Beau Biden's graveside. 

A day earlier, Catholic bishops ignored a pointed Vatican attempt to find unity by approving the drafting of a 'teaching document' for Catholic politicians who support abortion.

It means the country's increasingly bitter debate on abortion and other questions of sexual health centers on its most high-profile Catholics, and one of the more observant Christians to occupy the White House. 

For his part, Biden dismissed the bishops' move on Friday.  

'That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen,' he told reporters at the White House when asked the possibility that he and other politicians could be denied Communion. 

First lady Jill Biden carried what looked like a magnolia plant as she left church a moment or two before the president

First lady Jill Biden carried what looked like a magnolia plant as she left church a moment or two before the president

Biden hugged another churchgoer as he left after Mass. Two or three anti-abortion protesters sometimes wait beyond the gates but they were not present on Saturday

Biden hugged another churchgoer as he left after Mass. Two or three anti-abortion protesters sometimes wait beyond the gates but they were not present on Saturday

Biden dismisses idea of Catholic bishops blocking his Communion
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'That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen,' he told reporters Friday at the White House when asked about a document that could rebuke him and Democrat politicians

'That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen,' he told reporters Friday at the White House when asked about a document that could rebuke him and Democrat politicians 

Biden and his wife Jill attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington in January

Biden and his wife Jill attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington in January

The vote - 168 in favor, 55 against with six abstentions - followed three hours of debate. 

Supporters of the measure believe a clear rebuke of Biden is needed to curb a series of measures that protect and expand abortion access.

Opponents, such as the Most Rev Robert McElroy, bishop of San Diego, fear it is a polarizing move that could lead to the 'weaponization' of the Eucharist - a more formal name name for Holy Communion. 

As a result of the vote, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops doctrine committee will draft a statement on the meaning of Communion in the life of the Church that will be submitted for consideration at a future meeting, likely to be in November.

The document will act as a statement of policy but will not be binding. Each bishop has the right to decide who can or cannot take Communion in his diocese.

The Vatican has already tried to intervene, fearing a breakdown in unity.

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's theological watchdog, asked the USBC to delay the debate.

He wrote to the conference saying it would be 'misleading' to suggest abortion and euthanasia were 'the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching' that require 'the fullest level of accountability on the part of Catholics.'

In so doing, he signaled how the liberal Catholicism of Pope Francis - with a focus on poverty, racial inequality, climate change - is increasingly at odds with the U.S. Church.

One section of the document is intended to include a specific admonition to Catholic politicians and other public figures who disobey church teaching on abortion and other doctrinal issues.

Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, said during Thursday's debate that he speaks with many people who are confused by a Catholic president who advances 'the most radical pro-abortion agenda in history,' and action from the bishops´ conference is needed.

'They´re looking for direction,' Hying said.

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego countered that the USCCB would suffer 'destructive consequences' from a document targeting Catholic politicians.

'It would be impossible to prevent the weaponization of the Eucharist,' McElroy said.

Biden, who attends Mass regularly, says he personally opposes abortion but doesn´t think he should impose that position on Americans who feel otherwise. He´s taken several executive actions during his presidency that were hailed by abortion-rights advocates.

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The result of the vote - 168 in favor and 55 against - was announced Friday by the Most Reverend Allen H Vigneron (pictured)  near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a 'teaching document' that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles addresses the Catholic conference on Wednesday

The result of the vote - 168 in favor and 55 against - was announced Friday by the Most Reverend Allen H Vigneron (pictured, left)  near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (right) also addressed the Catholic conference on Wednesday

The chairman of the USCCB doctrine committee, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, said no decisions have been made on the final contents of the proposed document. He said bishops who are not on the committee will have chances to offer input, and the final draft will be subject to amendments before it is put up to a vote.

Rhoades also said the document would not mention Biden or other individuals by name and would offer guidelines rather than imposing a mandatory national policy.

That would leave decisions about Communion for specific churchgoers up to individual bishops and archbishops. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese.


In this photo taken from video, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., head of the doctrine committee for the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the body's virtual assembly

In this photo taken from video, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., head of the doctrine committee for the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the body's virtual assembly

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese 

4 comments:

  1. Does anyone seriously believe Biden cares one whit what any Catholic bishop says? The "bible scholar" who pronounces 'psalms' as "palms"?

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  2. They constantly mock the Catholic church with their pro abortion stance....it's about TIME they are excommunicated for life....!!!! Enough of the coddling of politicians who claim to be Christians or Catholics....

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  3. Funny guys those catholic Bishops there are fine if America's military murders children abroad or starves them to death.

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  4. Hypocrisy, thy name is Biden!
    This obnoxious little demented piece of crap wears his mask for the Photo-op whilst in church, separated from other celebrants, then goes outside takes off his mask and hugs somebody who also is not wearing.
    To be fair it is the Catholic Church, the most corrupt and hypocritical organisation ever invented.
    No matter what horrific crimes you have done, just say you are sorry, give us all your money and you will go straight to heaven.

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