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June 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. bishops will vote this week on whether to begin to formally address giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians and other pro-abortion Catholics in America — but not without pushback.

The vote comes as prelates across the country raise renewed concerns about “Eucharistic coherence” following the inauguration of dissident President Joe Biden, the self-stylized “second Catholic president” of the United States. The long-overdue move to address the scandal of churchgoers who advance mass murder of the unborn nevertheless will occur against the opposition of more than 60 bishops who lobbied the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last month.

In a letter dated May 13, 68 prelates told USCCB president Archbishop José H. Gomez that any vote should “be postponed until the full body of bishops is able to meet in person.” They cited a recent letter from the Vatican that has been taken as an attempt to tamp down on discussion about the Eucharist and fretted over the “high standard of consensus among ourselves.”

The May 13 letter, obtained by The Pillar, features heads of a few dozen of America’s roughly 200 dioceses. Upon examination, it appears to be a project of a handful of prominent, pro-LGBT, often abuser-connected bishops. Nearly half of the signatures come from just eight liberal prelates and their auxiliaries, for instance.

Principal authors of the memo include Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, on whose letterhead it was sent, and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, according to The Pillar. At least one reported signer, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, has said that he was added without his knowledge, and at least two others have withdrawn their signature, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

The signatories have several commonalities, from attacks on faithful priests to the dissident promotion of homosexuality and downplaying of abortion, as well as closeness to Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin, and disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Here’s a closer look at the key players working to protect abortion promoters from accountability.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Perhaps America’s most scandalous prelate, Blase Cupich has been uniquely implicated in the clerical sex abuse crisis, while espousing dissidence on core Church teaching for years. For example, Cupich

  • waited weeks to remove a seminary rector caught with child pornography, giving him time to discard evidence

  • knew about homosexual predators at a seminary in his diocese and did not report them

  • with other Illinois bishops, withheld names of at least 500 accused priests

  • supports Communion and Catholic funerals for unrepentant homosexuals

  • permits Communion for illicitly remarried Catholics

  • has said that people who identify as “LGBT” “should be called the way that they want to be called”

  • removed a Chicago priest after he burned a homosexual “pride” flag

  • gave the keynote address at the 2019 annual conference of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP), a group that supports female ordination and homosexuality

  • instructed priests not to pray outside abortion clinics

  • locked Catholics out of church on Good Friday in protest of the traditional Mass

  • slammed the USCCB in January for rebuking Joe Biden’s rebellion on life, gender, and sexuality

All of eight of Cupich’s auxiliary bishops signed the May 13 letter to Archbishop Gomez that Cupich helped orchestrate. Five were appointed by Pope Francis.

Francis also named both Cardinal Cupich and a major ally, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, to the Congregation for Bishops, which helps select new bishops. The two prelates, both of whom were elevated to the cardinalate by the Argentinian pontiff, met with Cardinal Luis Ladaria, head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in April. Days later, Ladaria sent his letter to the USCCB appearing to urge a halt of this week’s vote on Eucharistic policy.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey

Cardinal Tobin, archbishop of Newark and former superior general of the Redemptorist Fathers, is a natural partner of Cupich, having

All four of Tobin’s auxiliary bishops, most of them again named by Pope Francis, were signatories to the May letter.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C.

Another scandal-plagued cardinal of Francis, Wilton Gregory has a background checkered with sex abuse connections and years of pro-homosexual advocacy.

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PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21)

Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • 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.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

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 not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act 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.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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Cardinal Gregory has been particularly close to serial sexual abuser Theodore McCarrick, a defrocked predecessor of Gregory in Washington. As head of the USCCB in 2004, Gregory, along with McCarrick, suppressed a Vatican memo stating that pro-abortion politicians should be denied Communion. And in 2002, Gregory authorized the Dallas Charter policy, written with McCarrick, that did not include sanctions for abuser bishops. Among other issues, Gregory

Cardinals Cupich, Gregory, and Tobin all have endorsed the activism of Fr. James Martin, a dissident pro-LGBT Jesuit priest who promotes homosexual acts and same-sex “marriage,” and has publicly blasphemed against the Holy Spirit. As with Cupich and Tobin, both of Gregory’s auxiliary bishops, including USCCB migration committee chairman Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, signed the May 13 letter to Archbishop Gomez.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston

Though less immediately scandalous than the aforementioned cardinals, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley has been a consistent compromiser on pro-life issues. O’Malley supports giving Communion to abortion promoters and has rejected calls to ban pro-abortion politicians from receiving the Blessed Sacrament since at least 2004.

Cardinal O’Malley is also yet another prelate entangled in clerical abuse scandals. He remained close to Theodore McCarrick long after the Vatican pushed McCarrick into semi-retirement amid abuse rumors. Three months after O’Malley’s office received a letter from a priest detailing accusations against McCarrick in 2015, O’Malley fundraised with the prolific sexual predator and joined him on a trip to Cuba that he blogged about. O’Malley has not directly denied knowing of allegations against McCarrick at that time.

Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe

Long before adding his name to the May 13 letter, Archbishop John Wester, a dedicated homosexualist with close ties to the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, previously had come to the defense of pro-abortion public figures. In 2016, he rebuked a New Mexico priest who encouraged parishioners not to vote for political candidates who support abortion. Abortion is one of “many considerations that must be weighed” when considering “the sanctity of life,” Wester said.

Suppression of outspoken, orthodox priests is a recurring theme among signatories of the May 13 letter. Like Archbishop Wester, Archbishop Andrew Bellisario of Juneau-Anchorage, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette, Indiana, and Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of St. Louis have recently penalized priests who have gone against them, often in support of Catholic teaching.

In 2019, Bellisario punished a priest who denied Communion to pro-abortion Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), transferring him to a distant church. San Antonio’s Garcia-Siller, former auxiliary bishop of Chicago, has attacked multiple faithful priests and forced a group of traditional nuns out of his diocese. Bishop Doherty of Lafayette last year suspended a priest who criticized the pro-LGBT, Marxist Black Lives Matter organization. And in St. Louis, Archbishop Rozanski made a priest leave his parish after he beautified his church and celebrated Mass without adhering to certain COVID-19 protocols.

Archbishop Paul Etienne of Seattle, another signatory, also takes a more stringent approach to Catholics who dissent from COVID guidelines than those who ignore key Church teaching. Etienne threatened to ban public masses in a rural parish after some communicants refused to wear masks, including for health reasons. He flouted Vatican guidelines last year as well, purporting to bar reception of Communion in his diocese for Catholics who choose to kneel.

Shamelessly pro-LGBT Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego similarly has cracked down on at least one faithful priest who forcefully condemned abortion and left-wing policies. An avid supporter of Joe Biden, McElroy unsurprisingly added his name to the letter to Archbishop Gomez. The Jesuit bishop and appointee of Pope Francis has criticized prelates who deny Communion to pro-abortion lawmakers, and among other things

contested theory of “climate change” could be a higher priority

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, a frequent collaborator with Archbishop McElroy, has a comparable record. Stowe has issued “pride” “prayer cards,” explicitly permitted dissident pro-LGBT messaging in his diocese, and backed top homosexualist “Catholic groups.”

Along with Bishop Stowe, Bishop McElroy, Archbishop Wester, and Cardinal Tobin, five other bishops who signed the May 13 letter to Archbishop Gomez about Eucharist policy have joined a recent statement drafted by LGBT activists. The letter, aimed at young people, tells homosexual and transgender individuals that “God is on your side,” with no mention of the gravely sinful nature or destructive health consequences of LGBT lifestyles.

Signatories of that statement include: Bishop McElroy’s auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Arizona, Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson, Mississippi, and Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Other noteworthy prelates who endorsed a pause on discussions of Eucharistic coherence include bishops at the center of Pennsylvania’s sexual abuse crisis. Bishop Frank Caggiano, the chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the charity arm of the USCCB that promotes contraception and pro-abortion organizations, is an additional signatory.

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