Like Jesus who invited everyone to the Table, the bishops should follow Jesus' example! Reception of Communion should not be based on following the teachings of the Catholic Church, but an inclusive celebration of the Christ Presence in this sacred meal, in each other and in the world. The bishops should not be using denial of Communion to punish President Biden or any politician for enforcing the laws of our country on legal abortion. He is the president of all citizens, not just Catholics!
If the bishops were serious about preventing abortions, they would change the church teaching prohibiting contraception, which is one of the most effective ways to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Initiating a culture war over an issue on which many people disagree is counter-productive. Instead, they'd be wise to affirm primacy of conscience in this and all moral issues. In all moral decisions, the Church teaches that Catholics must always follow their consciences- even if the decision violates Church teachings or laws.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
“The Holy Father made clear that he has never denied Communion to anyone during his press conference on the flight back from Slovakia in September. Still, the reaction to Biden's meeting with Pope Francis Oct. 29 showed how the president drives some bishops a little crazy. Maybe a lot crazy.