In a May letter, the Vatican warned pro-life Catholic bishops against denying Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians.

Life News quotes the New York Times:

The Vatican has warned conservative American bishops to hit the brakes on their push to deny communion to politicians supportive of abortion rights — including President Biden, a faithful churchgoer and the first Roman Catholic to occupy the Oval Office in 60 years.

But despite the remarkably public stop sign from Rome, the American bishops are pressing ahead anyway and are expected to force a debate on the communion issue at a remote meeting that starts on Wednesday.

“The concern in the Vatican,” said Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest and close ally of Francis “is not to use access to the Eucharist as a political weapon.”

Pope Francis, who has explicitly identified the United States as the source of opposition to his pontificate, preached this month that communion “is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners.” His top doctrinal official, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, wrote a letter to the American bishops, warning them that the vote could “become a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

The result is a rare, open rift between Rome and the American church.

In their meeting this week, Catholic bishops are to vote on a document from their Committee on Doctrine “with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance” on pro-abortion politicians and the reception of the Eucharist.

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Susan Dudak
Susan Dudak
4 months ago

The Bishops have to go by their conscience and obey God. The pope is NOT God is wrong by asking them to go against the word of God and God himself.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
4 months ago
Reply to  Susan Dudak

If they read their Bible the won’t have to go by their conscience, The people should go by their own conscience as the Bible says

Michael Jarman
Michael Jarman
4 months ago

The New York Time’s knowledge of Catholicism is non-existent. They view religion as politics by another name because their editors’ religion IS their politics. Biden my be a “churchgoer” by habit or for the optics, but his actions are those of an unrepentant and proud sinner who is “devout” only to the metaphysics of socialism and the “woke religion.”

Marlene
4 months ago

The political activist pope is now saying don’t get involved with politics? Maybe he should take his own advice and stay out of politics too. Clean up your own church scandals first, and then stick to the bible you are supposed to support.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
4 months ago
Reply to  Marlene

Why on earth would Karry spend our tax dollars to go see the Pope about climate change. He has no power over the world to do anything about it. All he knows about the weather is that it is raining , snowing , sun shining or windy. There must be another reason.

Tim Kuehl
Tim Kuehl
4 months ago

This does not surprise me at all. While I’m not Catholic I do know about Catholic values and from what I’ve seen little p is a leftist who has turned a blind eye to the sins of homosexuality and abortion and steering the Catholic Church in the direction of accepting those sins. To me that makes him a poor representative of and especially poor leader of the Catholic Church. Furthermore, we are seeing the left taking control of Christian denominations including the Catholic Church so I find the resignation of the mostly conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the installation of Francis quite suspicious.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim Kuehl

The only thing he knows is church rules. He know nothing about what GOD has said or has done to people that killed baby’s in the Bible. Want some good reading abouit it , get a Good News Bible.

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
4 months ago

……communion “is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners.” Sinners that have recognized that they are sinners and have repented and have sinned no more. These so call catholic politicians that promote abortion are sinners yes, but they will no more repent and sin no more than vote with the republicans.
Big difference.

jawad
jawad
4 months ago

You bet God is watching. This red-hearted socialist pope is a good reason to turn Orthodox.

Doug Torres
Doug Torres
4 months ago

This is not a political hostage taking situation and yes the sacrament is the bread of sinners…but I’m pretty sure there’s a little matter of repentance.

Yedfar
Yedfar
4 months ago

Wow.. Vatican is so watered down on base idea of not killing babies… Vatican is irrelevant to christ these days… sad

CDG
CDG
4 months ago

I suppose Bergoglio meant “the bread of sinners” who regret their sins and at least try to follow our Lord? How could Bergoglio possibly have meant “sinners” who gloat at their sins, boast of them and vow to persist ever harder at them? Would a Pastor of our faith in his right mind, -never mind a POPE- ever do that? Never, right? Right? Right? Am I mistaken?

Fred
Fred
4 months ago

CATHOLICS DEMAND POPE FRANCIS ( Soros ) be removed. HES A LEFTIST OWNED SATANIC POS. THOSE WHO SUPPORT BABY MURDER SHOULD BE GIVEN POISON IF THEY DARE APPROACH ALTER. CRUCIFY HIM.

Louise Hartwell
Louise Hartwell
4 months ago

If I can’t receive the sacraments because I married a divorced person. Then why would you be allowed to receive them for pushing abortion

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
4 months ago

If the man you married divorced his wife because of she was slipping around , you are allowed to receive the sacrament as the Bible say’s that. You are the only person who can keep you from it. Church rule’s can’t keep you from it in the sight of the Lord. FACT. Read your Bible and stop asking other people.

Gil
Gil
4 months ago

Now even the POPE is caving in to left and going against God’s teachings.

Concetta
Concetta
4 months ago

Impeach the pope

Kenneth Imrich
Kenneth Imrich
4 months ago

When the Catholic Church can’t take a stand on one of the Ten Commandments, it is over for the Pope and the Catholic Church. At least the Pope should renounce abortion, but he can’t even do that. Pope Francis is not pro-life and needs to go now.

agiletz
agiletz
4 months ago

It is NOT the Vatican – it is one man, who calls himself the pope, and I believe most sane people realize he’s nothing more than a shill for the communists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marina
Marina
4 months ago

The POPE MUST QUIT

Miguel Sundance
Miguel Sundance
4 months ago

Either the Church withholds the Holy Eucharist from those who will continue to support the murder of innocents for their political purposes, or the Church condones and is complicit in these horrific acts. This pope cannot have it both ways in order to maintain the support of the wealthy abortion/murder supporting politicians for his own purposes. God does not play games with semantics. The pope needs to take a stand or depart. A great schism is about to occur.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
4 months ago

You must not read your Bible or you take every thing out of context .

DBinFla
DBinFla
3 months ago

The Bible says that we are to examine our own selves before receiving communion. It’s between us and God, not some human.

Cay
Cay
4 months ago

Not only is this South American leftist liberal socialist not a good Catholic~ is he even a Christian!?!

Greta
Greta
4 months ago

That bishop should go resign, not the pro-life priest. We also need a real catholic pope, not a socialist one.

Jean
Jean
3 months ago

Thou shat not kill, one of the mighty Ten Commandments. Faithful Christians do not murder the innocent unborn, or call themselves faithful to God who head corrupt crime families such as the Biden’s do