- LIFE SITE NEWS - Feb 3, 2021 -
Pete Baklinski -
Biden’s actions are 'confusing Catholics and non-Catholics regarding the Church’s teaching on the evil of abortion'
KANSAS CITY, Kansas, February 3, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview (read full interview below) that the bishops of the United States have an “obligation” to act when it comes to the country’s president identifying himself as a devout Catholic while working to expand abortion.
“The fact that President Biden identifies himself as a devout Catholic, while working to preserve and expand legalized abortion, even using tax dollars to fund abortion, presents a unique challenge to the Bishops of the United States,” said Naumann, who also acts as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Naumann spoke in his capacity as Archbishop of Kansas City.
The Archbishop said that whether intentionally or not, President Biden’s actions are “confusing Catholics and non-
Catholics regarding the Church’s teaching on the evil of abortion.”
“It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good,” he said.
In his first two weeks in office, Biden pledged to make abortion available to “everyone” by “codifying” Roe v. Wade and revoked the Mexico City policy that blocks federal funds from going to nongovernmental organizations that provide abortions in developing countries. Democrats have also pledged to quickly eliminate the pro-life Hyde Amendment that prohibits federal funds from going to pay for abortions in programs like Medicaid.
Naumann defended a Jan. 20 Inauguration Day letter written by Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), that warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender.”