Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he would not deny pro-abortion President-elect Joe Biden communion at Mass.
Gregory said in a November 24th interview with America Magazine that he hopes to collaborate with the president-elect while pointing out where Biden policy contradicts with Catholic teaching.
“The kind of relationship that I hope we will have is a conversational relationship where we can discover areas where we can cooperate that reflect the social teachings of the church, knowing full well that there are some areas where we won’t agree,” Gregory told America Magazine.
“They are areas where the church’s position is very clear,” he added, noting Biden’s public support for abortion.
Gregory does not plan to deny Biden communion, according to the publication. The archbishop noted that Biden went to Mass and received Communion while he served as former President Barack Obama’s vice president.
“I’m not going to veer from that,” he said. (RELATED: Catholic Bishops Announce Taskforce To Address Biden Policies That Contradict Church Teaching)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced last week that it will form a task force to address Biden policy that contradicts Church teaching since Biden, who will be the first Catholic president since John F. Kennedy, supports policies explicitly opposed to Catholic teaching such as abortion.
Biden has also promised that as president, he will reinstate Obama-era policies which required the Little Sisters of the Poor to give employees access to birth control, though this violates the Catholic beliefs of the sisters, and despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled July 8 that the Catholic nuns are exempt from Obama’s contraceptive mandate.
The former vice president also advocates for same-sex marriage, though the Catholic Church teaches that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Gregory told America Magazine that “informed Catholics” know Catholic teaching on the sacredness of human life, from conception until natural death, and thus he does not believe that Catholics will be confused to see the church cooperating with the Biden administration.
“It’s not a matter of confusion,” he said. “On my part, it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”
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