Roman Catholic church Biden attended will allow anyone to commune amid abortion controversy

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A Washington, DC church attended by President Biden has said it will not get involved in what it describes as “a political issue” regarding fellowship.

Georgetown’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which Biden has attended several times since taking office, said on Wednesday it would not deny the president the Eucharist over his stance on abortion or “any other person who introduces himself “.

“The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to make it a political issue,” said the parish council of the church.

“The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to make it a political issue.”

– Council of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity

The statement comes shortly after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly voted to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist after a controversial debate over whether Biden and other politicians who support abortion policies are worthy of Mass.

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The Holy Trinity has called itself a parish with a “long history of welcoming all”, adding that “none of us, whether we are standing on the pews or behind the altar, is worthy of receiving” the Communion.

Then-President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend mass at St. Matthew the Apostle's Cathedral during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, January 20, 2021. ( Associated Press)
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Then-President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend mass at St. Matthew the Apostle’s Cathedral during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, January 20, 2021. ( Associated Press)

The board said it agreed with the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who had asked the USCCB to postpone the drafting of parts of the document, and the board said it was ” shocking and disappointing “that his request received a minority of votes.

The vote count announced in mid-June was 168 bishops in favor of drafting the document, 55 against and six bishops abstaining.

“As Cardinal Gregory said in discussions leading up to the vote, ‘The strength of our voice to advance Christ’s mission has been seriously weakened,” the statement continued. “Unfortunately, the recent vote has caused considerable desolation among our parishioners as well as Roman Catholics across the country.”

Quoting Pope Francis, the council added that communion “should be seen” not as a price for the perfect, but as a powerful medicine and food for the weak. “”

Then at least two-thirds of bishops are expected to vote to adopt the new language at their next gathering scheduled for November. The decision to allow Biden to receive Communion would still be left to the individual bishops, as is the norm for all faithful, but a new document would inform those decisions.

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Biden, who attends mass regularly, says he personally opposes abortion but doesn’t think he should be forcing that position on Americans who think otherwise. He took several executive steps during his presidency that were praised by pro-choice supporters.

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