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.
“#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.
Dear @USCCB: I’m Catholic and I support:
-A woman’s right to choose
-Treatments for infertility
-The right for people to get a divorce
-The right of same sex marriage
Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion. https://t.co/bUmiyJ8TtH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 18, 2021
Another California Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman, echoed the trending hashtag and suggested the church should lose its tax-exempt status.
If they're going to politically weaponize religion by "rebuking" Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a "rebuke" of their tax-exempt status may be in order. https://t.co/P6TGVCOMYp
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 18, 2021
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.
The Vatican’s wealth is about 15 BILLION and they don’t pay taxes. How’s your day going?
— Ally Oop (@novelidea14) June 19, 2021
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.
Guys, the Vatican absolutely did not tell the U.S. bishops not to deny Biden communion. I can't believe that headline is still circulating.
— (Stephanie) Slade (@sladesr) June 18, 2021
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.
The Vatican must punish the Bishops for their partisan attacks on President Biden. pic.twitter.com/R7vINvw3bk
— Teresa Smith (@VoteBlueUS) June 19, 2021
The same U.S. bishops who are defying the Vatican by refusing Biden communion gave Bill Barr an award in 2020, and conspired to cover up pedophilia for decades. @tedlieu has a point calling them hypocrites. https://t.co/2Z11NRkFHt
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) June 19, 2021
I'm still kind of hung up on how the Religious Right (who are always wrong) looked the other way with the former guy cheating all 3 of his postpartum wives with porn stars he paid to silence, but tell me more about how lifelong Catholic Joe Biden is a bad guy, #Trumpocrites 🙄 https://t.co/TYrKBgKoqU
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) June 19, 2021
I was raised in the Catholic Church. God knows I’ve seen enough evidence to question the judgment of its leaders & enough hypocrisy to last a lifetime in eternity.
Tax the damn Church.
And the Vatican must punish the rogue Bishops for the blatant partisan attacks on Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/e9GwMlVYgp
— 💙 Vote Blue PA 💙 (@VoteBluePA) June 19, 2021