A bishop in the Catholic Church has spoken out against President Joe Biden after he lied that the Catholic Church supported federal funding for abortion in remarks to reporters on Monday.
When EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen set up a question to Biden by saying, Catholic bishops are demanding that federal tax dollars not fund abortions," Biden cut him off immediately.
"No they are not doing that," Biden said. "Nor is the Pope doing that."
The blatant lie by Biden prompted Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas to condemn the comments and question Biden's "fake Catholicism."
“Mr. Biden can’t be allowed to twist the words of Pope Francis in this way,” Strickland tweeted. “I implore the Vatican press office to emphatically clarify that Pope Francis rightly calls abortion murder. It is time to denounce Biden’s fake Catholicism.”
Mr Biden can’t be allowed to twist the words of Pope Francis in this way. I implore the Vatican press office to emphatically clarify that Pope Francis rightly calls abortion murder. It is time to denounce Biden’s fake Catholicism. https://t.co/RBEbWmczsl
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) January 31, 2023
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote a letter Friday to the House and Senate, demanding the end to taxpayer funding of abortions, which puts the lie to Biden's comments.
"Protecting taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortion in violation of their conscience is a principle that has enjoyed historically broad support among Americans, regardless of their otherwise passionately divided views on the topic. It has also been life-saving," Diocese of Arlington's Bishop and head of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities Michael Burbidge wrote.
"Rather than funding abortion, Congress can better serve the common good by prioritizing policies that comprehensively assist women, children, and families in need in ways that will not only encourage childbirth but make it easier to welcome and raise a new child," he added.
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Archbishop Timothy Broglio also pushed back on Biden's comments and reiterated the Pope's stance on abortion.
“The Catholic bishops of the United States are united in our commitment to life, and will continue to work as one body in Christ to make abortion unthinkable,” the archbishop said. “As the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has said, ‘It is not right to ‘do away with’ a human being, however small, in order to solve a problem. It is like hiring a hitman.’”
“[The taxpayer funding of abortion] would contradict our right to live in accord with the tenets of our faith. Our nation is better than that,” Broglio said. “I pray that we will protect every child no matter his or her age, and open our hearts to respond to mothers in need with love and support rather than the violence of abortion.”
Broglio has said he wants to meet with Biden to discuss his views on abortion and how they square with Catholic teachings.
Many bishops think Biden and other pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be denied the sacrament of communion if they hold to their views and others that contradict church teachings.