US Catholic bishops approve Communion document, avoiding direct rebuff to Biden

Source: Chicago Tribune

“U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a long-anticipated document on Communion on Wednesday that stops short of calling for withholding the sacrament from politicians such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights but offers plenty of tacit justification for individual bishops to do so. … The conference cannot dictate a blanket policy on denying Communion to politicians; each bishop has authority in his own diocese. While some bishops have said they would deny the sacrament to Biden, the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has affirmed that the president is welcome to receive the sacrament there.” (11/17/21)