Catholic bishops OK Communion guide, avoid issue of pro-choice pols

Catholic bishops OK Communion guide, avoid issue of pro-choice pols


The US Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved new guidance on the issuing of Communion Wednesday, but stopped short of recommending barring politicians who support abortion from receiving the Eucharist.

The guidance, which passed by a vote of 222-8, followed a months-long debate over whether clergy would be advised to provide the sacrament to pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Biden. The vote was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

In June, the conference approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that would lay out the ground rules for denying such politicians Communion. While supporters of the measure insisted a rebuke of Biden was needed, opponents argued it would be needlessly divisive.

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Conservative bishops had hoped to include their proposal in

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