Why we support the bishops’ plan to deny Communion to Biden

The U.S. bishops will consider denying the president, a lifelong Catholic, the sacrament at a virtual assembly that begins Wednesday.

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June 15, 2021 - 9:41 AM

US President-elect Joe Biden waves while leaving the St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware. On Dec. 20, 2020 he attended Mass there to mark the anniversary of the deaths of his first wife and daughter, who were killed in a 1972 car crash and are buried there. His son, Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, is also buried there. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Well, it looks like — barring a last-minute intervention by Pope Francis himself, and maybe not even then — the U.S. bishops will consider and vote on a proposal for a teaching document about Communion that includes denying the sacrament to politicians who support pro-choice policies, including our nation’s second Catholic president, Joe Biden.

The bishops’ discussion — if you can call it that — and vote will happen at the virtual assembly June 16-18.

We say: Just do it.

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