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President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland Friday, Feb.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City contends the president needs to be honest, ‘stop defining himself as a devout Catholic‘ and admit that his support for the killing of the unborn violates with the church‘s unequivocal stance on the sanctity of life.
The president should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic, and acknowledge that his view on abortion is contrary to Catholic moral teaching,’ Naumann replied.
He said it would be ‘more honest’ for Biden to say ‘he disagreed with his church on this important issue and that he was acting contrary to church teaching.
‘When he says he is a devout Catholic, we bishops have the responsibility to correct him,’ said Naumann.
The archbishop said Biden is ‘usurping the role of the bishops and confusing people.
He’s declaring that he’s Catholic, and is going to force people to support abortion through their tax dollars.
The bishops need to correct him, as the president is acting contrary to the Catholic faith,’ he said.
Is Joe Biden a ‘devout Catholic’?.
In 2019, a Catholic priest denied Biden the sacrament of Holy Communion because of his stance on abortion conflicted with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which regards abortion as an grave moral evil.
Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of church teaching,’ he said.
Naumann said Biden ‘has the responsibility not to present himself for Holy Communion.
‘When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the real presence of Jesus, and also believe in the teachings of the church,’ he explained.
‘President Biden doesn’t believe in the church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist,’ Naumann said.
Naumann said he doesn’t expect to be in the position of having to deny communion to Biden.
I don’t know the disposition of his mind and heart, but his act of supporting legal abortion is wrong,’ Naumann said.