In an astonishing revelation, it has been claimed the Vatican actively intervened to prevent the release of a statement from US Bishops which was critical of Joe Biden’s policies of abortion ahead of the President’s inauguration.
This ensured that a statement from Pope Francis, widely seen as a “warm blessing” for Biden, was firstly issued and made headlines.
The Pillar Post, regarded as a “well sourced” platform on Catholic matters, says “The U.S. bishops’ conference held back a statement on incoming President Joe Biden Wednesday morning, after officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State intervened before the statement could be released.”
The statement, eventually released by the president of the Bishop’s Conference, Archbishop Jose Gomez, warned that the Biden administration would advance “moral evils” on several fronts including abortion.
The Democrats have adopted perhaps their most extreme platform in history on abortion, making it legal until birth in some jurisdictions, and promising to “codify” Roe and stack the courts in an effort to stop pro-life judges appointed by Trump.
This week Biden and Harris marked the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade by “re-dedicating” themselves to the work ahead, with measures expected that would be abortion more easily and widely available and strip preborn babies of protections. Both the President and Vice-President support even late-term abortion, and are opposed to outlawing abortions on the ground that the baby has a disability or because of the baby’s gender.
The statement from the Bishops, which pro-lifers hoped might have served as a caution against the tide of pro-abortion measures Biden is set to unleash, was delayed by an intervention from the Vatican, Pillar Post says.
“Conference sources told The Pillar that while Gomez’ statement might eventually be released, Pope Francis was expected first to release a statement on the Biden administration, at midday on Wednesday. Some sources said there was concern in the Vatican that a statement from Gomez seen as critical of the Biden administration might seem to force the pope’s hand in his own dealings with Biden, who will be the second Catholic president of the United States, and the first in 60 years,” the platform reported.
Archbishop Jose Gomez’s statement said: “[A]s pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.”
“So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
“Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family. It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.”
Biden, choose to emphasise his Catholic faith, despite his support for abortion, during the presidential campaign, and included pictures of Pope Francis, religious sisters, and other overtly Catholic images in his campaign videos, without drawing comment from the Vatican. In contrast, Pope Francis was repeatedly critical of former President Trump.
“Biden has also pledged to reverse Trump-era conscience protections and religious liberty exceptions to the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. The rule, as written under the Obama Administration, meant that religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor would be obliged to provide coverage for contraception, abortifacient drugs, and sterilizations under their health care plans,” the Pillar notes.