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Catholic Dems & Others Push Back at Bishops Over Biden: ‘I Dare You to Deny Me Communion’

Before their three-day meeting that ended Friday with a vote to move toward denying America’s second Catholic President, Joe Biden, communion over his stance of supporting a woman’s right to choose an abortion, the Vatican told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to not politicize communion or other sacraments.

They did it anyway, and now other American Catholics and Democrats are furious over the Vatican “weaponizing” the eucharist.

US President-elect Joe Biden walks past tombstones after leaving the St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church after attending Mass in Wilmington, Delaware on November 15, 2020. – President Donald Trump appeared accidentally to admit his election defeat in a tweet on Sunday morning — before reversing course to claim he won, and once again push unsubstantiated claims of mass fraud in the vote. Trump has refused to concede the November 3 US election to challenger Joe Biden, and repeatedly said he intends to overturn the result through legal cases. His aides say he is preparing for a second term in office despite the vote count confirming Biden’s clear victory. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
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“#TaxTheChurch” was trending on Twitter throughout the day and night on Friday as the story spread, with several prominent Democrats challenging the Catholic Church to deny them communion as well while they look the other way at Republican indiscretions.

Sixty House Democrats have already formally responded to the Vatican, stating, “We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents,” in a three-page “Statement of Principles” letter released Friday afternoon. Congressman Ted Lieu of California was among the first to tweet to the USCCB and throw down the gauntlet. Lieu quote-tweeted journalist Michelangelo Signorile, who rightly used Newt Gingrich as just one example of the hypocrisy that so often goes hand-in-hand with organized religion.

 

Another California Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman, echoed the trending hashtag and suggested the church should lose its tax-exempt status.

Religious conservatives have always had a history of looking the other way or making excuses for a favored candidate’s past indiscretions, such as the former guy’s three wives, all of whom he cheated with porn stars he later paid to silence, all in the name of getting stricter abortion laws passed, among their other top issues.

It’s important to make the distinction that the Vatican did not make the ruling and does not agree with it, something that’s getting lost in social media messaging.

Twitter users were still pointing out the hypocrisy of Evangelical Christians continuing to support Trump while the Vatican blasts a devout lifelong Catholic like Joe Biden on Saturday.



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