Ted Lieu: Catholic bishops are 'partisan hypocrites' for considering denying Biden Communion

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Rep. Ted Lieu thinks the bishops leading the Catholic Church are "partisan hypocrites" for considering denying President Joe Biden Communion while granting it to several Republicans.

Lieu, himself a Catholic, said it would be hypocritical for the church to deny the president Holy Communion due to his stance in favor of allowing women to receive abortions, which goes against the church's teachings, while allowing Republicans who have violated other rules to receive the sacrament.

"[Former Speaker] Newt Gingrich ... believed in open marriage & had multiple divorces. [Former Attorney General] Bill Barr ... expanded death penalty executions. [Former Rep.] Chris Collins ... stole by insider trading," he tweeted Friday to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "You are being partisan hypocrites."

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The church has long banned divorce and stealing, and in 2018, the Vatican changed its teaching in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to call the death penalty "inadmissible."

Gingrich divorced twice, and in 2019, Barr drafted legislation to speed up the use of the death penalty for mass shooters.

Last October, Collins pleaded guilty to insider trading and was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

Earlier Friday, Lieu "dare[d]" the church to deny him Communion, noting his support for contraception, access to abortions, infertility treatments, divorce, and same-sex marriage.

The conference voted, 168-55, with six abstentions, during its three-day Spring General Assembly to create an educational document on the Catholic sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which could lead to politicians who support the legality of abortions being denied Holy Communion.

The question of whether to grant Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (who is also Catholic and said in 2019 that abortion bans "ignore basic morality") the religious sacrament has been disputed, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco saying last month that both should be denied Holy Communion due to their support for abortion.

"I have had ... conversations with Speaker Pelosi. She knows that I stand by church teaching, and I know she is respectful enough not to do anything so provocative, so I'm confident that would not happen," he said. "In the case of President Biden or any other prominent Catholic, I think what I would do is if I knew that they were coming into the area here and planned to attend Mass, I would try to have those conversations, as well, ahead of time."

Despite the controversy, Biden, who is known to be a frequent churchgoer, has predicted he won't be denied the Eucharist.

"That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen," he told reporters Friday at the White House.

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Local bishops have discretion in whether to deny the sacrament, and Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., said in November 2020 that he would not deny Biden Holy Communion due to his stance on abortion.

The bishops are expected to finalize the language of the document at their fall meeting in November.

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