US Bishops To Draft Statement On Holy Communion With Biden In Sights
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 19th June 2021 | 09:50 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jun, 2021 ) :US Roman Catholic bishops issued a challenge Friday to President Joe Biden over his support for abortion rights, agreeing to draft a statement on the meaning of holy communion which could potentially be used to deny the sacred rite to the American leader.
Catholic bishops, defying appeals from the Vatican, voted at their spring general assembly to draft a formal statement on the "meaning of the eucharist in the life of the Church." It was approved by a vote of 168 to 55 with six abstentions and the statement will be discussed at their next meeting in November.
Biden on Friday seemed to dismiss the possibility that he could be denied communion.
The eucharist, also known as holy communion, is among the most sacred rituals in the Catholic Church and there have been calls from some conservative church leaders to deny the sacrament to politicians who support abortion rights.
At a press conference on Thursday, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, said the committee drafting the statement "will be looking at that whole issue of eucharistic consistency." "That is not the task of our committee, to look at individuals," Rhoades said.
It is up to each local bishop to decide who receives communion in their diocese.
The Catholic news Service reported in May that the Vatican had warned US bishops to proceed cautiously with policies designed "to address the situation of Catholics in public office who support legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia or other moral evils."