June 29, 2021

House Democrat: Punish Catholics who Stand Against Abortion

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to move forward with a policy draft that might allow pro-abortion politicians to be barred from the Eucharist. Democrat Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) suggested that the Catholic Church’s tax-exemption status should possibly be removed if the bishops fully approve the policy. Other Democratic politicians also tweeted their dissatisfaction with the decision. 

The Background: 

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops drafted a document that would allow Catholic bishops to withhold communion to politicians who publicly support abortion. The Conference voted to move the draft forward and received harsh backlash from Democratic congresspeople.

One Democrat from California, Rep. Jared Huffman, even tweeted that if the bishops follow through with the policy, there should be discussion on whether the Catholic Church should be tax-exempt. This implies that a church should be denied tax-exempt status based on their willingness to actually stand behind their beliefs.

Another Democrat, Rep. Ted Lieu, said that the bishops were being hypocritical for not holding Republican Catholics accountable who hold beliefs that disagree with the church. He even said in a tweet, “Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion.”

In addition, almost 60 Catholic Democrats spoke out against the vote saying, “We solemnly urge you to not move forward and deny this most holy of all sacraments, the source and the summit of the whole work of the gospel over one issue.”

Notable Quotes: 

“If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order.” - Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)

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