As Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., the first Roman Catholic president in 60 years, took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States, the head of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a historic rebuke of Biden’s promised policies.
José H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles and USCCB president, began his statement by expressing his prayers for the new president. He noted that Biden is the “first president in 60 years to profess the Catholic faith” and he celebrated the fact that Biden “clearly understands, in a deep and personal way, the importance of religious faith and institutions.”
Yet Gomez had to stand up for Catholic moral principles that Biden has betrayed. He noted that the Catholic bishops’ publication Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship addresses central moral concerns for Catholics, such as “abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, immigration, racism, poverty, care for the environment, criminal justice reform, economic development, and international peace.”
Gomez argued that “the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.”
“So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” the USCCB president lamented. “Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
Gomez carefully explained that the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and to LGBT activism is not rooted in bigotry but in Jesus Christ’s commandments to love and protect the most vulnerable. In fact, he persuasively argued that abortion is a social justice issue.
Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable.
For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the “preeminent priority.” Preeminent does not mean “only.” We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.
Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family. It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.… Via – PJ Media