According to The Federalist, the Vatican held back a statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) critical of Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic policy agenda items. The Pope has since allowed the Bishops’ statement to come out, only after his own message fawning over Biden.
“I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice. I likewise ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good,” wrote Pope Francis.
The USCCB was much less restrained in their rebuke of Biden’s anti-life and anti-family agenda, with Conference President Archbishop José H. Gomez writing, “I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
According to The Federalist report, “Those who allegedly objected to the release include Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, among other unnamed bishops.”
It should be noted that nowhere in Pope Francis’ statement did he raise the concerns of the Catholic Church that Biden’s policies would be destructive to fundamental church teaching, most notably regarding the sanctity of human life.