US President Joe Biden’s story of the validity of the Catholic faith continues, and the debate over whether he should be denied communion due to his pro-abortion views and political decisions.
The final chapter of this story was a letter that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent to the American Bishops. Some analysts interpreted this letter as a proposal by Rome to delay the episcopal decision against Biden to receive Holy Communion.
Dean of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Card. Louis Ladaria sent a letter to the American Episcopate regarding communion with Catholic politicians who were described as “favorers of the right to choose.” It is a response to a message from the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, president of the United States Bishops’ Conference. Gomez informed the Holy See in March that American bishops intended to discuss Communion for politicians at a session in June. Read also:
Cardinal La Adaria has now warned that the matter may divide them and that it is not advisable to create a unified position on the matter at the level of the whole episcopate due to the potential “disagreement”.
Cardinal LaAdaria also warned that the position of the bishop, regardless of consensus (which is of course impossible at present), must be such that he does not present the issue of abortion or euthanasia as the only position important in assessing the actions of a Catholic politician.
Therefore, the letter limits the possibility of taking a clear position on a major issue.
As Vatican Stefano Fontana well noted, congregants are more concerned with the methods of church politics than with the doctrinal questions that are its main task.
Visit the Vatican
According to all sources, the letter preceded a visit by two American cardinals to the Vatican and their talks with Cardinal Laddar.
They are Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin, two bishops who openly oppose the church’s possible punishment for Joe Biden.
The first news of their visit to the Vatican was reported by journalist Edward Bentin, who wrote that Kubis and Tobin had spoken to Ladar just days before the letter was sent to the United States. Pentin isn’t writing this directly, but there are indications they have stepped in to keep the message content as it is now.
The fact that this meeting was also evidenced by the speech of the former Governor of the Faith Congregation, Gerhard Muller, who commented to EWTN on the arrival of two cardinals to the Vatican and said “They have come there. As envoys from the Democratic Party.”
“Bishops should be messengers of Jesus Christ and a revealed truth. They do not have to play games of power and diplomacy.”
– He said.
As expected, the issue of Joe Biden’s behavior is becoming more and more serious, and the discussions around him are not only spiritual but also distinctly political. This is evidenced by the information about the cardinals’ visit to the Vatican and the message that appeared to be its fruits.