Following in the footsteps of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) home diocese in San Francisco, California — who said, this week, that excommunication could be on the table for Catholic politicians who openly support abortion — Washington, D.C., archbishop Cardinal Wilton Gregory had harsh criticism for President Joe Biden over his comments about the Texas “heartbeat” law, which effectively bans abortion as soon as fetal cardiac activity can be detected.
Biden commented, earlier this week, that he did not agree that “life begins at conception” and seemed to suggest that he disagreed with an immutable teaching of the Catholic Church.
“I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception,” Biden said, according to Catholic News Agency. “I don’t agree, but I respect that. I’m not going to impose that on people.”
Biden’s comments directly contradict the Catholic Church’s teaching on the subject and represent a distinct departure from Biden’s past statements on the matter.