Wednesday, November 18, 2020

US Bishops' President Criticizes Biden as he Supports Policies that "...undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.”- Creation of Team to Deal with Policies



Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, President of the United States Conference of Bishops commented about president elect Joe Biden on Tuesday.  He called it a “difficult and complex” situation that the second ever Catholic president-elect supports abortion rights near the end of the meeting. 
When the USCCB ended the public portion of its two-day national meeting, Gomez drifted from the official agenda to acknowledge the issue. “We are facing a unique moment in our history,” he said. “The president-elect has given us reason to think he will support some good policies" but also some that "undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.” “These policies pose a serious threat to the common good,” Gomez said. “When politicians who profess the Catholic faith support them ... it creates confusion among the faithful about what the church actually teaches on these questions.”
He has also given us reason to believe he will support policies that are against some fundamental values we hold dear as Catholics . These policies include the repeal of the Hyde amendment and the preservation of Roe vs. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.” These policies also include restoration of the HHS mandate...“These policies pose a serious threat to the common good, whenever any politician supports them. We have long opposed these policies strongly, and we will continue to do so.” “But when politicians who profess the Catholic faith support them, there are additional problems. One of the things it creates is confusion with the faithful about what the church actually teaches on these questions." This is a difficult In
Archbishop José Gomez said Tuesday evening that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is setting up a team to deal with policies the future president may put in place which diverge from Church teaching. Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, USCCB vice president, will lead the special working group. The team will be composed of the chairmen of various committees, including those covering doctrine and communications

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