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As America’s Catholic bishops are set to discuss letting pro-abortion President Joe Biden receive Communion despite rejecting key church teachings, a new survey has already delivered an answer: No.
The survey of regular churchgoers from the conservative group CatholicVote found that 74% believe that Biden should not receive Communion, a holy symbol of the Last Supper.
In the wording of the poll, however, those opposed said that politicians like Biden who don't follow church teachings should not “present” themselves to a priest for Communion, not that the priest should refuse the president.
What’s more, 83% of Catholics who regularly attend Mass said that by endorsing positions such as abortion that are contrary to Vatican doctrine, politicians “create confusion and disunity.”
The poll was a warning of sorts to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s General Assembly that is meeting today to discuss Biden and begin a process of deciding if politicians that don’t stick to church teachings should receive Communion.
Pope Francis has warned the group against any bold moves that would punish Biden.
But the survey of hardcore Catholics shows they want Catholic political leaders to stick to the rules.
“Catholic politicians who advocate for policies considered ‘gravely immoral’ create confusion and discord among believers,” said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.
“Catholics’ concern about the flouting of Catholic social teaching by public leaders is less about politics and more about the integrity of the faith, along with reverence and respect due the Holy Eucharist. This polling data should bolster the confidence of Catholic bishops as they prepare to discuss how to recover an understanding of the beauty and richness of the sacrament – among all Catholics. The data is very clear: Bishops have an obligation to act,” he said in a statement accompanying the survey shared with Secrets.
Since taking office, Biden has moved swiftly to promote abortion, which the church opposes.
Still, he regularly attends Mass and is often pictured talking with the priests at his Wilmington, Delaware, church.
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