Pro-abortion Catholic Dems Off Hook as Bishops Walk Back Plan to Restrict Communion

In this image taken from video, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., discusses an agenda motion during U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual assembly on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP)

If Catholic politicians who support abortion rights were anxious about being restricted from receiving Holy Communion, they can breathe easier. Such a prohibition is now off the table at Thursday’s U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“We are no longer proposing a national policy” regarding who may present themselves for Communion, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Indiana’s Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese told delegates to a virtual USCCB spring meeting. Bishop Rhoades, who chairs the group’s doctrinal committee, conceded the notion “was in the original proposal” for the document, he added, “We never meant it as it’s been interpreted in many media sources.”

The proposal to write guidelines containing such a restriction had been the talk of American Catholics since the election of President Biden in November.

Though often photographed with a Rosary once owned by his late son, Beau, Mr. Biden’s administration has — presumably with his assent — undertaken several steps to liberalize federal abortion funding in the U.S. and abroad this year. 

In May, the administration released a proposed fiscal year 2022 budget that omitted reference to the 1976 “Hyde Amendment” which banned federal funding for most abortion procedures. The president had supported its use until his 2019 campaign for the Democratic Party nomination…

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Original article posted by Mark A. Kellner to The Washington Times. Title altered by Montana Daily Gazette.


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