U.S. Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights.
The 168-55 vote was announced near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was held virtually. The bishops had cast their votes the previous day.
Supporters say a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access.
Opponents warn that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions.
When asked by reporters about the actions of the bishops, Biden seemed to write it off.
“That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Biden after delivering remarks about the state of the pandemic in the U.S.