Catholic bishops wary of Joe Biden undermining church doctrine

Catholic bishops wary of Joe Biden undermining church doctrine


The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued Tuesday a statement about Joseph R. Biden, saying the presumptive election of the nation’s second Catholic president “presents certain opportunities but also certain challenges.”

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez also called for the formation of a working group to address any “confusion” about a faithful response to a Catholic politician backing public policy that goes against church teachings, such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

“This is a difficult and complex situation,” Archbishop Gomez said during the last day of the bishops’ annual two-day meeting. “We have reason to believe that he [Mr. Biden] will support some good policies … but we also have reason to believe that he will support policies” that undermine Catholic doctrine.

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Archbishop Gomez, who was elected conference president last November, noted “unanimous support” from fellow bishops in making his surprise announcement during their virtual meeting. He noted Mr. Biden’s “good policies” on immigration reform,

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