U.S. bishops dodge rebuke of Biden in statement on communion

Bishops, the document says, have a “special responsibility” to deal with circumstances “which involve public acts contrary to the visible communion of the church and the moral law”.

A White House spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on the US Catholic Bishops Conference vote.

The president has long been under surveillance at the intersection of his Catholic faith and political positions, and in 2019 he was campaigned refused communion by a priest in South Carolina.

And while the American Bishops’ Conference debated whether Biden should be recommended to receive Communion, the final decision rests with the bishop of each diocese. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington, DC, said Biden could receive communion in his archdiocese. and that Biden should continue to receive communion.

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