It is convenient ! Biden Catholic Church in DC will now allow EVERYBODY to receive Communion as Bishops ban politicians who support abortion from attending Mass
- The Holy Trinity of Georgetown said on Wednesday that anyone can take Communion
- “The Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be considered a political issue,” the church said
- It comes as US bishops draft document that could ban pro-abortion politicians
The Washington DC Catholic Church that President Joe Biden attends has said it will begin giving Communion to anyone who requests it, in a bid to circumvent a potential ban on politicians who support abortion.
Georgetown’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Wednesday released the new policy in a statement, saying its priests “will not refuse the Eucharist to those who come forward to receive it.”
“The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be considered a political issue,” the parish council added, clearly referring to a recent vote by the United States Bishops’ Conference to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist.
The vote, which was passed by an overwhelming majority, came amid a debate in the church over whether Catholic politicians who support abortion, like Biden, should be allowed to go to communion.
Biden is seen leaving a service at Holy Trinity in April. The church will now allow anyone to receive communion, a snub to bishops who want to ban politicians who support abortion
The Holy Trinity (see above) released the new policy in a statement on Wednesday, saying its priests “will not refuse the Eucharist to those who come forward to receive it”
Unlike many other churches, the Catholic Church strictly limits who is allowed to attend Mass, and a priest who knowingly violates these rules can be excommunicated.
However, in practice, priests generally assume that anyone who comes forward to receive the Eucharist is eligible to do so.
Holy Trinity said in her statement that she is “a parish with a long history of welcoming all.”
“Communion is to be seen” not as a price for the perfect, but as a powerful medicine and food for the weak, “” the church added, quoting Pope Francis.
“None of us, whether we are standing on the pews or behind the altar, is worthy to receive it,” said the Holy Trinity.
Unlike many other churches, the Catholic Church strictly limits who is allowed to attend Mass, and a priest who knowingly breaks these rules can be excommunicated.
Many more conservative American bishops have called for a clear directive against giving Communion to American politicians who are Roman Catholics and support abortion.
Vatican teaching forbids abortion as a serious sin. This campaign puts pressure on Biden, who has said that while he personally opposes abortion, he supports legal abortion rights.
However, a ban on communion for pro-abortion politicians is unlikely to be passed.
Such a decision would require the unanimous support of all the bishops in the country, or the support of two-thirds and the approval of the Vatican.
A third of the conference has already expressed its opposition by asking for the vote to draft the document to be withdrawn from the agenda.
Francis himself did not weigh in publicly on the issue of communion, but before the bishops’ vote, his senior doctrinal orthodoxy had urged them to think carefully about the issue and aim to minimize divisions. .
On Monday, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) met privately with Pope Francis in Vatican City.
On Monday, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken met privately with Pope Francis in Vatican City.
Blinken refused to delve into “home politics” when asked later if the two discussed the American bishops’ campaign to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Biden.
The closed-door meeting at the Apostolic Palace “took place in a cordial atmosphere,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.
Bruni said the meeting was an opportunity for the Pope to “express his affection and concern for the people of the United States of America.”