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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. Catholic bishop who is also a decorated Navy chaplain is publicly praying for President Joe Biden to convert from being pro-abortion to pro-life and to start adhering to Catholic teaching when it comes to respecting all human life, from womb to tomb.
“We're going to pray for him every day, every Sunday Mass in the prayer of the faithful,” said Bishop Joseph Coffey, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in an April 11 homily during a mobile Mass outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Washington, D.C.
“We're going to pray for our President,” continued Bishop Coffey, “for conversion, that Joe Biden suddenly wakes up and says ‘I’ve been wrong,’ and he publicly renounces his pro-choice position.”
“We pray that that happens before he dies. That's the greatest gift we could give him. Not condemn him. Pray for him, because he needs a conversion of his heart,” the bishop added.
Before becoming a bishop, Coffey was arrested about a dozen times for his involvement in protesting abortion with Operation Rescue. As bishop for the military archdiocese, he serves Catholics on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
During his homily, Bishop Coffey noted the disconnect between a justice system that gives abortionist Kermit Gosnell a life sentence for murdering babies born alive after failed abortions while doing nothing to stop doctors murdering babies still living in their mothers’ wombs.
“But that same baby the day before — it's still in its mother's womb — can be legally killed. And the doctor makes a lot of money – andd it's the same baby! We all get it. Why don't others? Why don't they see what's so obvious? That's the inexplicable part,” he said.
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.
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'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
Coffey said that if Biden converted and started followed the Church’s teachings on life, he “could do so much good for this cause for the babies.”
“He says he doesn't want to impose his values on others,” the bishop of Biden. “Every time he does an executive order, he's imposing his values on people. He's done it like 50 times since he was elected. And yet when it comes to the Hyde amendment and the Mexico City amendment, he doesn't see the disconnect. Why is that?”
The Bishop’s Mass outside the Planned Parenthood center happened on Divine Mercy Sunday, the day the Church especially calls on Jesus for mercy for sinners and the whole world.
Coffey said that God’s mercy is available to pro-abortion presidents and doctors alike.
“And we’ve got to pray for those doctors that work there (inside Planned Parenhood) because they know better. They know that it's a baby. Imagine next year, one of those doctors is sitting right there (with the believers), standing right there. Imagine how powerful that would be,” he said.
“And that can happen because it does: 40 Days For Life, Dr. Haywood (Robinson), Dr. (Bernard) Nathanson. We know examples of how it can and does happen,” he added.
“So, (today is) Divine Mercy Sunday. We're all sinners, every one of us — guilty as charged — but we believe that Jesus died for us, he rose from the dead, and his mercy endures forever for all of us, especially those who need it the most,” he concluded.