US bishops to scrutinise Biden’s policies

President-Elect Joe Biden (CNS photo/Tom Brenner, Reuters)

Bishops in the United States have formed a working group to address issues surrounding the election of a Catholic president and policies that would conflict with Catholic teaching and the bishops’ priorities. Source: CNS.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops president Archbishop José Gomez announced the establishment of this group at the end of the public portion of the bishops’ two-day meeting, held online on Monday and Tuesday.

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will lead the group. Other members will be USCCB committee chairs in a number of areas where disagreement is expected between the Church and President-Elect Joe Biden.

“We are facing a unique moment in the history of our country” with the election of only the second Catholic as president, Archbishop Gomez said. “This presents certain opportunities but also certain challenges.”

While “the President-elect has given us reason to believe his faith commitments will lead to certain policies that we favour,” Archbishop Gomez said, listing immigration, aid to refugees and the poor, racial justice, capital punishment and climate change among them, there also is the expectation that “he will support policies that are against some fundamental values we hold dear as Catholics”, including support for abortion, unequal treatment of Catholic schools and restoration of a mandate that forces Catholic organisations to pay for contraception.


Working group formed to deal with conflicts between Biden policies, Church teaching  (By Mark Pattison, CNS

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