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March 23, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Liberal “Christian” groups are trying to get Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pro-life committee, fired for his denunciation of Joe Biden’s radical support for abortion.
Faith in Public Life and Faithful America — two far-left, so-called religious groups backed by atheist mega-donor George Soros — launched an online petition last week to unseat Naumann from his committee post. The petition had nearly 20,000 signatures as of Tuesday, although Faithful America has been known to pad petitions with fake signatures.
Both Soros-backed, pro-abortion and pro-LGBT groups behind the effort to cancel Naumann have worked for years to destroy the careers of faithful Christian leaders, winning condemnation even from mainstream media outlets. The organizations repeatedly have targeted top Catholic prelates, including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, as well as traditional humanitarian aid providers and evangelical pastors.
“As fellow Catholics, Christians, and other concerned people of faith, we urge conference leaders to remove Archbishop Joseph Naumann as chair of the pro-life committee,” the petition against Naumann reads.
“We encourage you to select a new leader who will refrain from attacking the president’s personal faith,” it adds.
Naumann slammed Biden in an interview in February, correcting the longtime pro-abortion, pro-LGBT Democrat’s claims of being a “devout Catholic.”
“The president should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic, and acknowledge that his view on abortion is contrary to Catholic moral teaching,” the archbishop said. “When he says he is a devout Catholic, we bishops have the responsibility to correct him. Although people have given this president power and authority, he cannot define what it is to be a Catholic and what Catholic moral teaching is.”
The head of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, is under attack for consistently calling out Joe Biden for the serious sin of publicly promoting abortion.
A petition has been launched against Archbishop Naumann because he continues to preach the truth that "Catholic" politicians who promote abortion are endangering their souls and causing grave scandal to the faithful.
We must now come to Archbishop Naumann's defense.
Please SIGN and SHARE WIDELY this petition which urges the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or remove Archbishop Naumann from head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the terrible sin of promoting the murder the unborn human beings.
Archbishop Naumann has come under fire, from people who plainly know or care little about Catholic moral teaching, for stating the obvious in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews:
It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good...
We must continue to speak to President Biden, as well as all Catholics, and even all Americans, about the truth of what abortion is. Abortion is not something to be celebrated, and it is not healthcare. It is the intentional killing of a child. To participate in abortion or to promote abortion is a grave evil.
And, in an even more pointed statement made in an interview with Catholic World Report, Archbishop Naumann defended the Holy Eucharist against Biden's attack on human life, suggesting that Biden should not present himself for Holy Communion:
When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church. President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.
But, again, by calling out Joe Biden for his public promotion of abortion, Archbishop Naumann is not doing anything out-of-the-ordinary.
He is only saying what the bishops should have all been saying, with a unified voice, since Biden won the nomination during the election campaign.
Indeed, in an open letter published on inauguration day, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or replace Archbishop Naumann as head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the horrific sin of promoting the murder of the preborn.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Naumann – US bishops must address scandal of ‘Catholic’ Biden championing abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-bishop-naumann-us-bishops-must-address-scandal-of-catholic-biden-championing-abortion
'Bishops need to ‘correct’ pro-abortion Biden for ‘acting contrary’ to Catholic faith: Abp. Naumann' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishops-need-to-correct-pro-abortion-biden-for-acting-contrary-to-catholic-faith-abp-naumann
Naumann also stressed that Biden should not receive the Eucharist.
“I believe the president has the responsibility not to present himself for Holy Communion,” he said, adding that Biden “should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.”
‘Impossible’ for a Catholic to support abortion
While Faithful America and Faith in Public Life accused Naumann of failed “pastoral leadership” for “questioning President Biden's faith,” Church teaching holds that opposition to abortion is absolutely non-negotiable for lawmakers presenting themselves as Catholic.
“In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it,’” Pope St. John Paul II declared in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, quoting teaching promulgated by Pope St. Paul VI.
A document published in 2002 by John Paul II and written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, emphasized that it is “impossible” for Catholics to support “any law” that promotes abortion.
“John Paul II, continuing the constant teaching of the Church, has reiterated many times that those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life,” the letter reads. “For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them.”
The Catholic Church unequivocally denounces abortion as intrinsically evil and gravely sin, as it has for two millennia and “attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication” for any “formal cooperation” in abortion. In a 2004 memo to U.S. Catholic bishops, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – the future Pope Benedict XVI – clarified that “consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” fits the definition of “formal cooperation:”
Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
“When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church,” Naumann reiterated last month. “President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life,” and thereby should not attempt to receive the Eucharist, he said.
As vice president, Biden officiated a homosexual “wedding” in 2016, after publicly endorsing same-sex “marriage” in 2012. The Church always has recognized homosexuality to be “intrinsically disordered” and emphatically states that homosexual activity “can never be approved.”
Biden has been an outspoken proponent of transgenderism as well, indicating on the 2020 campaign trail that gender-confused children as young as eight should receive mutilating “sex change” procedures.
The Biden White House has taken numerous scandalous and deadly pro-abortion and pro-LBGT actions since Inauguration Day, ending President Trump’s multi-billion-dollar abortion spending cuts and forcing taxpayers to cover transgender surgeries, among other things.