Seth Udinski, FISM News
FISM News reported earlier this week that a council of American Catholic bishops met in Baltimore this week to discuss President Biden’s eligibility for taking the Lord’s Supper in light of his anti-Christian policies as commander-in-chief. The meeting came to its culmination on Wednesday.
The council decreed that bishops hold the final authority as the head of their parishes to determine the standards of taking communion. In a 30-page document, the council made an extra effort to remain neutral on the specific issue of denying communion for those who publicly support infanticide, as is the case of the president and another professing Catholic politician, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Bishop Daniel Flores of Texas said:
We saw initially a moment of different ideas of what the document should be about. Is it mostly about political responsibility? A Eucharistic revival? A teaching document? The document tried to nuance that. It’s not a one-size-fits-all. It’s not adjudicated by popular opinion. We have to be patient, and patient with one another.
Many Protestant and Catholics alike are doubly angry, not only at the hypocrisy of politicians like President Biden and Speaker Pelosi, but at the fact that the council of Baltimore did not generate a more severe response to the communion eligibility of pro-abortion Catholics. This is especially true when considering those pro-abortion Catholics in the public sphere, whose words carry weight to thousands of people.
The document passed with an overwhelming majority of 222 votes for and eight against, with three bishops not voting. For the time being, this meeting staved off a potential civil war between conservative Catholics and the progressive camp to which many believe Pope Francis I belongs.