By Dave Andrusko
On Wednesday, the day pro-abortion Joe Biden was inaugurated as our nation’s 46th President, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offered his prayers to Mr. Biden and his family and a reminder “that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity.”
Archbishop José Gomez first cited abortion.
“Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family,” he wrote. “It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.”
Archbishop Gomez stressed that “Catholic bishops are not partisan players in our nation’s politics,” but added, “At the same time, as pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.”
Archbishop Gomez explained, “For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the ‘preeminent priority.’ Preeminent does not mean ‘only.’ We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.”
For a number of years, long before Mr. Biden’s successful run for President, NRL News Today has tabulated his pro-abortion position. The lone holdout for him—until it raised Cain with the Abortion Industry last year—was support for the life-saving Hyde Amendment. That went by the boards in one day.
He is now a full-bore proponent of taxpayer funding abortion and abortion for any reason, or no reason, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Biden has targeted all of pro-life President Donald Trump’s pro-life initiatives and Planned Parenthood will be welcomed back into the Title X family planning program even though it will co-locate with genuine family planning services and will explicitly promote abortion.
Archbishop Gomez, added in his letter, “Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.” This freedom will be under ferocious attack from the opening months of the Biden-Harris presidency.