WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has responded to President Joe Biden’s recent comments on abortion, stating that the Catholic Church is “clear” in its effort to “make abortion unthinkable.”
In a statement issued February 1, USCCB President Archbishop Timothy Broglio responded directly to striking comments made by the prominently pro-abortion Biden to reporters on Monday.
“Catholic bishops are demanding that federal tax dollars not fund abortions,” stated EWTN’s Washington correspondent, referring to the USCCB’s support of legislation which would ban taxpayer funds being used for abortions.
“No, they are not all doing that,” said Biden of the U.S. Catholic bishops. He continued, “Nor is the Pope doing that.” Biden did not cite any evidence for his statement.
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In a thrilling win against the leftist infiltrators in the Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) made a key electoral decision at their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland last week.
As reported on LifeSiteNews, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was elected Tuesday to serve as the next president of the USCCB.
Broglio has consistently defended Catholic teaching – his orthodox record has been a constant source of frustration to liberal bishops across the country. The military archbishop is one of a small number of prelates who:
- Opposed COVID-era restrictions on public Masses.
- Denounced COVID shot mandates for US Catholic servicemen.
- Supports freedom of conscience exemptions to jab mandates.
- Backed former President Donald Trump’s ban on gender-confused troops.
- Implemented guidelines prohibiting military chaplains from blessing same-sex unions.
- Recognizes homosexuality as a root cause of the clerical sex abuse crisis.
- Stressed that Pope Francis’ affirmation of same-sex unions is NOT Church teaching.
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Tuesday’s election was a clear rejection of decidedly liberal candidates, including pro-LGBT Archbishop Paul Etienne of Seattle and radical leftist Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Síller of San Antonio.
Left-wing Catholics are outraged about the results of the USCCB elections – now more than ever, Abp. Broglio needs the support of faithful Catholics like YOU!
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Writing Wednesday, Archbishop Broglio issued his statement of response, entitled “President of U.S. Bishops Conference on Bishops’ United Position Against the Evil of Abortion.”
Broglio noted that “[a]s we are taught by Jesus, human life is sacred. God calls us to defend and nurture life from the moment a new human being is conceived.”
While Biden – a self-professed Catholic – claimed that the bishops’ opposition to taxpayer funded abortions was not universal, nor was it supported by the Pope, Broglio took a different stance. “The Catholic Church has been clear and consistent in this teaching,” the USCCB president wrote.
“The Catholic bishops of the United States are united in our commitment to life and will continue to work as one body in Christ to make abortion unthinkable,” he added.
Broglio also drew from Pope Francis’ statements on abortion, in which he has previously described abortion as hiring a “hitman.”
As the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said, ‘It is not right to ‘do away with’ a human being, however small, in order to solve a problem. It is like hiring a hitman’.
“Taxpayer funding of abortion would force people of good conscience to participate in this grave evil against their will,” wrote Broglio, drawing from the USCCB’s original statement on the matter which was released January 27. Continuing, he stated:
It would contradict our right to live in accord with the tenets of our faith. Our nation is better than that. I pray that we will protect every child no matter his or her age, and open our hearts to respond to mothers in need with love and support rather than the violence of abortion.
The president’s brief comments caused an instant storm amongst faithful Catholics. Tyler’s Bishop Joseph Strickland firmly condemned Biden’s attempt to claim papal support for his own pro-abortion bolstering. “Mr Biden can’t be allowed to twist the words of Pope Francis in this way,” he wrote.
I implore the Vatican press office to emphatically clarify that Pope Francis rightly calls abortion murder. It is time to denounce Biden’s fake Catholicism.
Mr Biden can’t be allowed to twist the words of Pope Francis in this way. I implore the Vatican press office to emphatically clarify that Pope Francis rightly calls abortion murder. It is time to denounce Biden’s fake Catholicism. https://t.co/RBEbWmczsl
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) January 31, 2023
Despite Biden’s striking comments about the Pope taking issue with the USCCB’s move, there has been no response from the Vatican about the matter. LifeSiteNews contacted the Holy See Press Office asking for clarification on the issue but has not received a response.
LifeSiteNews also contacted the White House, asking what evidence Biden had to make his statement, but has not received a response.
The U.S. bishops have launched an online petition urging senators and congressmen to vote for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. The petition can be found on the www.respectlife.org website, run by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.