It is for supporting the right to abortion. This is expressed in a document that already had the favorable vote of 73% of the US bishopric. They are the ultra groups that supported Trump and oppose Pope Francis.
Internal opposition to Pope Francis' reforms is developing far beyond the walls of the Vatican. And the epicenter of that resistance is today in a rural area of Indiana, in the United States. There, between the rural cities of South Bend and Fort Wayne, lives one of the most robust Catholic communities in the country, and the conservative Bishop Kevin Rhoades is its "pastor." For example, from that place comes, for example, Amy Coney Barrett, the last Supreme Court judge appointed by Donald Trump and part of an ultra-Catholic sect from the same pastoral area. The bishop and the judge are just some of the most conservative wing of the American Church. Also, those of the second most powerful Catholic in the world, US President Joe Biden. The new goal of the latter is to stop administering Communion to Biden because of his position in favor of abortion rights.
In the past week, Rhoades led an internal rebellion in the American Bishops' Conference that ended with bishops voting overwhelmingly to draft a set of guidelines for the Eucharist. A document that marks the limits and obligations of Catholics to take Communion during Mass. An advance of the ultraconservatives to delimit the liberal positions within the Catholicism that Biden represents. Especially if one takes into account the June 7 homily of Pope Francis when he said that the Eucharist "is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners."
At the press conference when he returned from his European tour, Biden was asked at the White House: How do you feel about the document that would prevent you and others who support abortion from receiving Communion? "That is a private matter, and I do not think it will happen," was the curt response of the president. But since he announced on the campaign his intention to "expand access to contraception and protect the constitutional right to abortion," he has been feeling pressure from the ultraconservatives. In October 2019, he was already denied Communion in a parish in the Diocese of Charleston, in North Carolina.
The bishops of the United States approved the draft of the document on the Eucharist with 168 votes in favor, 55 against, and six abstentions. A simple majority was enough to pass the motion, but it supported 73% of the cardinals. The outline for the draft, presented by the Episcopate's doctrine committee, includes "the Church's teaching on the real presence of Christ in the sacrament, Sunday as the Lord's Day, the Eucharist as a sacrifice, and the dignity to receive Communion.". The document's final draft will be up for a vote at the following bishops' assembly scheduled for November, which should be held in person in Baltimore.
Christians approached to remember His sacrifice in Jesus' death. For Catholics, it is a central part of burial and mass. Catholic teaching shows that bread and wine have been transformed into the body and blood of Christ during the ceremony. To deny the Eucharist is to deny the presence of Christ.
Pope Francis' top American allies, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, Newark, NJ Cardinal Joseph Tobin, and Washington DC Wilton Gregory, sided with the Vatican's warning not to go ahead with the Eucharistic document, but nothing. they could do at the time of voting. "Leaders have a special obligation for their public visibility," said Rhoades triumphantly at the end of the conclave that was held virtually.
Rhoades, like the president, grew up in Pennsylvania and was appointed head of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in 2010 by then-Pope Benedict XVI. He first publicly clashed with Biden in 2016 when he criticized the decision of the University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 and the most prestigious Catholic-oriented University, to honor Biden, vice president at the time, because he supported the right to freedom. abortion and same-sex marriage. "I do not agree to reward anyone who has not been faithful to this responsibility," he said at the time.
There were 18, between priests and deacons, who sexually abused 33 children over three decades in that diocese of Indiana. Bishop Rhoades is credited with publishing the complete list of priests "credibly" accused of sexual abuse. But a year later, it was he who appeared in a lawsuit brought by parishioner Don Ashbee, 67, who said he was abused by two priests who continued to serve and had protection when Rhoades was a bishop in Pennsylvania.
Biden is a cradle Catholic and traditionally attends Mass with his entire family in Delaware. He was seen on many occasions, particularly in the difficult days of power, with a rosary in hand that belonged to his late son, Beau. As a senator, early in his political career, he held some conservative positions that would now be much to the liking of Bishop Rhoades. Still, he supported various measures to liberalize funding for clinics and programs that protect abortion over the years. In May, his administration published a budget proposal for the fiscal year 2022, omitting the reference to the 1976 "Hyde Amendment," which prohibits federal funding of most pregnancy termination procedures.