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VATICAN CITY, June 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis announced Monday the appointment of Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.SS.R, as well as 11 other bishops to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

The Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, will serve a five-year term, per the Vatican’s press statement on the appointment, alongside 11 other bishops, including Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, fellow American Cardinal James Harvey, archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. A further eight bishops from Africa, North America, and Europe were selected to serve as members of the court.

The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura operates as the highest juridical authority in the Catholic Church after the Pope, who takes precedence in all ecclesiastical judgments. The Apostolic Signatura is currently headed by Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, who was accused by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó of knowing about the illicit actions of disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in his explosive 2018 testimony against the now-defrocked Prince of the Church.

Mamberti replaced Cardinal Raymond Burke as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal in 2014, at which time Pope Francis had Burke reassigned as patron of the Order of Malta, a post from which he was subsequently “suspended” in 2017. Burke was then reassigned to the Vatican court in October 2017, where he now serves a more minor role.

Tobin’s appointment to the court comes just three months after the Pope named him as a member of the Congregation of Bishops, the ecclesiastical body responsible for overseeing the selection of new bishops to be proposed to the Pope for final approval. Tobin joined Chicago Cardinal Archbishop Blaise Cupich on the congregation. Both of the cardinals are famed for their markedly liberal stances in relation to Church doctrine and sexual ethics, particularly regarding the homosexual lifestyle.

Most notably, in 2018, Tobin found himself at the center of a storm after mistakenly tweeting an intimate message, supposedly intended for one of his sisters. The cardinal posted a public message reading: “Supposed to be airborne in 10 minutes. Nighty-night, baby. I love you.” Tobin later deleted the tweet after learning it was not made privately and offered two follow-up messages explaining that the original tweet was an “error” and apologizing for any “confusion or embarrassment.”

Both Tobin and Cupich were at the forefront of opposition to a document on “Eucharistic consistency,” in part aimed at correcting Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion by denying them Communion, during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Spring General Assembly.

“Any effort by this conference to move in support of the categorical exclusion of Catholic political leaders from the Eucharist, based on their public policy positions, will thrust the bishops of our nation into the very heart of the toxic partisan strife,” Tobin warned during the second day of meetings, in effect placing “fruitful meaningful dialogue,” as he said, above St. Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians that “he that eateth and drinketh (Holy Communion) unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.” (1 Cor 11:29)

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Reports suggest that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference (USCCB) is preparing a vote on what to do about pro-abortion Joe Biden (and, presumably, other abortion-promoting politicians) who continues to present himself (themselves) for Holy Communion.

Public excommunication would be a suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of scandalously promoting abortion.

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Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing Executive Orders to destroy the protections which former President Trump offered to the unborn and to the innocence and modesty of children of the United States.

In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.

And, in another executive order, Biden seeks to force girls' athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to accept gender-confused males.

Since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was shamefully silent throughout the presidential campaign on the pre-eminent issues of abortion and gender ideology, and what Biden vowed he would do as president, it is cold comfort that their pro-life office is now speaking up about this Administration's wilful disregard for human life and for God's design of human nature (i.e., two biological sexes).

Stated plainly, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be, and the bishop, acting in unison (as the USCCB) have an obligation to the Lord (first) and to the faithful (second) to refuse Holy Communion to this grave public sinner.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who continues to use the church as a backdrop for statements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, is now doing everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals as a unified body.

The USCCB, the organization to which every U.S. bishop belongs and which is staffed and led by bishops, remained disgracefully silent in the run-up to the election.

What were the bishops afraid of, losing their charitable tax status with the IRS, or being deprived of fat checks from the HHS (immigration programs) and USAID (foreign aid programs)?

Or, were they just too cowardly to clearly declare Christ's law to be above man's law and risk the ire of a Joe Biden as president?

Either way, the bishops’ lack of clarity in this regard is a terrible scandal in itself and probably greatly contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic Catholic to the presidency.

Given the fact that exit polling shows Catholics split their vote 50-50 for Trump and Biden, even a slight deviation in the heavily-Catholic swing-states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could have produced different results.

The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s pro-abortion stance collectively, but, again, they were overwhelmingly and shamefully silent.

Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.

However, the bishops can, even now, mitigate the damage done by their inaction by taking the following steps: 1) Speak with one voice, as the USCCB, and plainly condemn Biden's pro-abortion stance; 2) Publicly advise Biden not to present himself for Holy Communion because of his scandalous position on abortion and homosexual "marriage;" and, 3) Tell Biden to publicly repent of publicly promoting the wilfull murder of the preborn, sins against nature, and diminishing the natural family.

Thankfully, some individual bishops have spoken out forcefully on Biden's scandalous behavior, and his standing in the Church.

On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”

Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."

But, to add insult to injury, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”

And, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who uses the church as a backdrop to make sickening political advertisements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, says that he will do everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that Democratic candidate Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his support for abortion.

In an interview for Thomas McKenna's Catholic Action for Faith and Family podcast, Cardinal Burke states the following (starting around 5:00):

First of all, I would tell him [Biden] not to approach to receive Holy Communion, out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege and endanger the salvation of his own soul.

But, also, he should not approach to receive Holy Communion because he gives scandal to everyone, because if someone says, 'I'm a devout Catholic," and, at the same time is promoting abortion, it gives the impression to others that it's acceptable for a Catholic to be in favor of abortion.

Of course, it's absolutely not acceptable, and never has been, and never will be.

We give thanks for Cardinal Burke's frankness and clarity. And, we call on every U.S. Catholic bishop to follow Cardinal Burke's lead and call out Joe Biden for his bloody-minded hypocrisy on the issue of abortion.

To reiterate: You cannot be a Catholic and support abortion.

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The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, keeps claiming to be Catholic but has said he will do everything in his power to support abortion.

And, with his pick of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has just cemented abortion into the Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket.

Indeed, Harris is vehemently pro-abortion.

During her time as attorney general of California, Harris played a key role in defending Planned Parenthood over its sale of aborted baby parts (which violated multiple federal laws, according to undercover video of abortion industry personnel).

And, last year, Harris unveiled a plan to essentially force pro-life states to seek permission from the federal government before pro-life laws can take effect.

Additionally, Harris has dangerous views on religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Harris displayed anti-Catholic bigotry in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher. Harris cited his membership in the “all-male society” the Knights of Columbus and its stances against abortion and same-sex “marriage” as grounds for rejecting Buescher for a federal district court in Nebraska.

And, David Daleiden, head of the pro-life investigative group Center for Medical Progress, wrote that from his firsthand experience, he considers Harris the “greatest threat to First Amendment civil rights our country has ever seen.”

Joe Biden has seriously erred by taking on Kamala Harris as his running mate, further distancing himself from the truths of the Catholic Faith, especially that every life is sacred from conception till natural death.

Please CLICK HERE to read an article which details one U.S. bishop's warning about the Biden-Harris ticket.

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Of course, these two things are incompatible: you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion.

And, a "Catholic" politician's responsibility in this regard is absolute: On pain of serious sin, he or she can never promote abortion because abortion is the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings, and also because doing so causes grave scandal to the Church and the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition asking the bishops of the United States to refuse to give Holy Communion to Joe Biden until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

Biden recently promised to “codify Roe v. Wade” as president, adding, "my Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate a woman’s protected, constitutional right to choose."

And, since starting his latest run for the presidency, Biden also flip-flopped against the Hyde Amendment, saying that he would allow federal funds to be spent on abortion - a position he claimed to be against for more than 40 years.

In short, Joe Biden will do everything in his power to enable and defend the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings.

So, this should not be a hard decision for our U.S. bishops. In fact, in another circumstance, it was already done by an Illinois bishop.

Indeed, Bishop Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, invoked Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law to withdraw Holy Communion from two Illinois state politicians who had worked to enact radical new abortion legislation in 2019.

Canon 915 states: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Of course, no-one, least of all the bishops, wants anyone to be deprived of Holy Communion.

A politician who publicly and obstinately advocates for the murder of innocent preborn babies puts himself out-of-communion with the Church and her teaching. 

Pro-abortion politicians should not think that they can advocate for the murder of the unborn and receive the Body of Christ at the same time. This would be to defile the Eucharist while giving scandal to the faithful.

Depriving politicians of Holy Communion is not just meant to prevent scandal; it is also designed to bring a grave public sinner to repentance. In this way, such an action is meant to be for the good of their souls, too.

Thank you for SIGNING this urgent petition which calls on the U.S. Catholic bishops to refuse to admit Joe Biden to Holy Communion until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.


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Tobin prioritized concerns regarding the alienation of “immense numbers of the faithful” if the Conference apply the Church’s canon law on Catholics who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” by not admitting them to Holy Communion. The archbishop claimed that such application of the law “will drive a wedge between the Church and the wider section of American society as a whole.”

On account of his “efforts to curb the practice of giving the most Holy Eucharist to pro-abortion politicians” and his attending objection to Church law, a priest friend of LifeSiteNews described Tobin’s appointment to “the highest juridical body in the Catholic Church” as “very disturbing.”

“Such actions just serve to continue to weaken an already ailing church in the key areas that are so vital for Her to fulfil Her mandate to the One truly present in that same Sacrament,” the priest said, adding that “rather than unacceptable incompetence, clergy and laity are left sensing that such appointments are in fact deliberate.”

Tobin’s objection to the drafting of a document on “Eucharistic consistency” accorded with complaints from the Vatican itself. Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, the Jesuit Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, previously wrote to USCCB president Archbishop José H. Gomez to relate his own reservations about the implications of the proposed document.

Ladaria expressed fear that excluding pro-abortion politicians from receiving the Eucharist might become “a source of discord” and that the bishops should instead focus on engaging in “extensive and serene dialogue.”  

Tobin appealed to Ladaria’s exalted position in the Church during his address to the Spring General Assembly of the USCCB, noting the “serious questions about the nature and speed” Ladaria raised about the drafting of any document on the Eucharist. Tobin echoed the cardinal’s emphasis on “dialogue,” adding that approving the creation of the document would serve only to “produce a document, not unity.”

Accordingly, Tobin implored his brother bishops to reject the proposal. “Our very identity as an episcopal conference calls us to vote no,” he said.

Against his wishes, the USCCB voted overwhelmingly in favor of producing a formal statement on the Eucharist, commencing the process of excluding pro-abortion, anti-family politicians such as President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion.


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