The head of the religion is warning U.S. bishops to deliberate carefully and minimize divisions before proceeding with a possible plan to rebuke religion politicians such as joe-biden” target=”_blank”>President Joe Biden<
Even then, Ladaria advised, the bishops should seek unanimous support within their ranks for any national policy, lest it become “a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”
Ladaria made several other points that could complicate the plans of bishops pressing for tough action:
— He said any new statement should not be limited to Catholic political leaders but broadened to encompass all churchgoing Catholics in regard to their worthiness to receive Communion.
— He questioned the USCCB policy identifying abortion as “the preeminent” moral issue, saying it would be misleading if any new document “were to give the impression that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest accountability on the part of Catholics.”
San Francisco archbishop: Prominent pro-choice Catholics should be denied communion
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone argues any Catholic who supports abortion is ‘absolutely not’ in good standing with the church and should not receive Holy Communion.
— He said that if the U.S. bishops pursue a new policy, they should confer with bishops’ conferences in other countries “both to learn from one another and to preserve unity in the universal church.”
— He said any new policy could not override the authority of individual bishops to make decisions on who can receive Communion in their dioceses. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Among the leaders of the campaign to rebuke Biden is Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who recently issued a pastoral letter arguing that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should not receive Communion. A few days later, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego published an essay saying such an initiative “will bring tremendously destructive consequences.”
Ladaria’s letter was dated May 7. It was first reported Monday by Catholic News Service and the Jesuit magazine America.