US President Joe Biden attended church in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, the day after a decision by the American clergy that could deprive members of the political world in favor of the right to communion. abortion.
Mr. Biden, who defends this right, and his wife Jill attended the church St Joseph on the Brandywine, passing in particular by its cemetery where Neilia, the first wife of the president, their daughter Naomi and their son Beau are buried.
A devout Catholic, he attends mass at least once a week. He also supports the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that legalized the right to abortion in 1973.
The Conference of American Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted Thursday by a large majority (168 votes for, 55 against) the proposal to draft a text on
the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, which could result in denying it to policies supporting abortion.
It's private and I don't think it will happen, Joe Biden replied on Friday, when asked about this text and its scope.
Rome calls for caution
The Vatican in May urged US church officials to be cautious about possible measures concerning
the situation of Catholic officials in favor of the legalization of abortion, euthanasia or other moral prejudices, according to the American Catholic agency CNS.
Each bishop currently decides who can receive Communion in his diocese.
Joe Biden was refused communion because of his positions in 2019, in an American church. He then recalled having received it from the Pope himself.