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MOSCOW, Russia (LifeSiteNews) – A Russian Orthodox Bishop has suggested that the current President of the United States “cannot call himself a Catholic.” 

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev made the remark during an October 30 interview with the Russian television program Church and Peace.  

“When they talk about the Catholic Biden, I always want to ask the question:`What, in fact, is Biden’s Catholicism?’” the Russian Orthodox prelate said.   

“The Catholic Church is against abortion, and Mr. Biden is for it. Does he do it as a Catholic or as the President of the United States? Does he do this proceeding from the dictates of his conscience or proceeding from the political situation?” he asked.   

“A person cannot call himself a Catholic, and at the same time violate and call for violation of the fundamental norms of Christian morality.”   

The titular Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, a city about 67 miles northwest of Moscow, Hilarion is an expert on ecumenical dialogue, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations. He is also a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow. Each week Hilarion speaks to viewers of Church and Peace on religious matters. 

On the October 30 program, Hilarion discussed G20 nations and a variety of political issues, He made his remarks about Biden’s integrity while fielding a question about the Texas Heartbeat Law, which prohibits abortion from the time a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks gestation.  

Hilarion highlighted the constant Christian teaching across denominational and confessional lines regarding the necessity to protect the unborn by stating, “The Catholic Church in the West, including the United States, the Orthodox Church, and many Protestants stand up to protect unborn babies, saying that abortion is murder, and everyone, including those who have not yet been born, has a fundamental right – the right to life.” 

The Orthodox bishop also criticized the West’s legislative trend in codifying “liberal norms.”  

“According to liberal norms, the life of the unborn baby is worth nothing and needs no protection, but the preservation of the rights of women is what matters,” Hilarion said.   

“In other words, the woman has the right to dispose of her own body [sic] and take decision on the abortion, and no one should prevent her from doing so. All the legislation of Western countries is moving in this direction.” 

He also slammed the hypocrisy of “modern human rights activists” who “defend all sorts of rights” such as the minor child’s “right” to “sex-reassignment” while “the fundamental human right to birth and life is rejected.” 

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UPDATE 10/29/2021:

Joe Biden claims Pope Francis said he should continue receiving Holy Communion, despite the president's radical, anti-Catholic support for abortion. Biden asserted that the pontiff “was happy I’m a good Catholic,” and that the president should “keep receiving Communion.”

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to clarify what he told Biden at his private audience in Rome. Biden should be facing formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, but instead we have the perverse situation in which he claims to have the blessing of the pope to sacrilegiously receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Pope Francis must clarify what exactly was said in order to avoid scandal and being complicit in such grave sin. If Joe Biden wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous claim be clarified and his support for abortion be condemned.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect both the Holy Eucharist and our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's claims, action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda'

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy'

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent'

ORIGINAL PETITION:

Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Pope Francis in Rome in a rapidly approaching audience on October 29th.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to tell Biden that he will face formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, and that if he wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

But, reports suggest that the pope and Biden are only supposed to speak about COVID and climate change...

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous support of abortion become the central focus of their meeting.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-will-meet-with-pope-francis-to-discuss-human-dignity-abortion-left-off-agenda/

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-restores-foreign-aid-to-abortion-with-repeal-of-mexico-city-policy/

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/removing-the-hyde-amendment-in-bidens-proposed-budget-will-set-a-precedent/

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Bishop Hilarion engages with other Christian confessions as part of the World Council of Churches, which includes a selection of Eastern Orthodox Churches, as well as various Protestant denominations. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the Council but sometimes sends prelates to observe meetings. 

Relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church have not always been friendly, but in 2016 Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow signed a Joint Declaration that was welcomed by those hoping for reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church.  

Last week, President Biden, who is staunchly pro-abortion, met with Pope Francis and said that the Pontiff told him to “keep receiving Communion.” Canon 1398 of the Code of Canon Law stipulates that “a person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication.” Abortion is a grave sin, and those who publicly support abortion participate in the sin both by consenting to it and by defending the ill done. Catholics who are in a state of mortal sin are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion until they have been absolved through the Sacrament of Confession. 

On the eve of Pope Francis’ meeting with Biden, Cardinal Burke offered considerations on Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law which bars from Holy Communion people who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sins.”  

The Cardinal wrote: “From the time of my first episcopal ministry in the Diocese of La Crosse, I had confronted the situation of politicians presenting themselves as practicing Catholics and, at the same time, supporting and advancing programs, policies and laws in violation of the moral law.” 

Cardinal Burke lamented the “gravely scandalous situation of Catholic politicians who persist in supporting and advancing programs, policies and laws in grievous violation of the most fundamental precepts of the moral law, while, at the same time, claiming to be devout Catholics, especially by presenting themselves to receive Holy Communion.” 

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