A new proposed Catholic policy could potentially prevent President Joe Biden from taking Holy Communion. The Committee on Doctrine for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is currently drafting a document that would ask all politicians who promote abortion rights to not take communion.
Details of Policy
The policy will be discussed in great detail at the bishop’s annual conference this coming June. In order for the policy to become official doctrine, it will need to pass with a two-thirds majority vote. If passed, the final decision about withholding communion would still be left to the individual bishop leading the diocese. This aligns with the current USCCB policy about communion.
The top prelates where Biden most often worships, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware, and Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., have already said that the president can receive the sacrament of communion at all of the churches under their jurisdiction.
Reaction From Archbishop
Archbishop Joseph Naumann recently told the Associated Press that Biden being a Catholic and supporting abortion rights presents a problem for the Church as it “creates confusion.” Naumann said that it is confusing to many that Biden claims to be a devout Catholic yet promotes policies that are contrary to what the Church advocates.
Some Catholics are going as far as to say that Biden should be excommunicated because of his vocal stance on abortion rights. However, that decision lies with the Vatican. Because Biden is friendly with Pope Francis, an excommunication is highly unlikely.