Archbishop: Biden Guilty of ‘Most Aggressive Thing We’ve Ever Seen in Terms of This Attack on Life When It’s Most Innocent’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 18, 2021 | 4:11pm EDT
President Biden leaves Mass in St. Ives, Cornwall, June 13, 2021. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivias/AFP via Getty Images)
President Biden leaves Mass in St. Ives, Cornwall, June 13, 2021. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivias/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City said at a virtual conference of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s calling abortion a “right” and trying to abolish the Hyde Amendment so taxpayers must pay for it is “the most aggressive thing we’ve ever seen in terms of this attack on life when it’s most innocent.”

“We are at a new moment in the pro-life movement, and I think this is important for us to understand,” Naumann said.

“Those who advocate for abortion no longer talk in the language of choice. They talk about it as a right,” he said. “That’s what our president talks about it—as a right. And this really evolved when, under a previous administration, when he was the vice president, when abortion became, not by an act of Congress, not by a court, but by a regulation, declared as medical care.

“And it is out of this context that this president now says it’s a right and, therefore, everybody is going to have to pay taxes for this—as we see the attack on the Hyde Amendment—everybody is to be implicated in it,” said the archbishop.

“And this is a Catholic president that’s doing this, the most aggressive thing that we have ever seen in terms of this attack on life when it’s most innocent,” he said.

Here is a transcript of the statement Archbishop Naumann made on Thursday at the virtual conference of the USCCB:

Archbishop Joseph Naumann: “I strongly support the document. I think it’s the right approach to do it in this broad context of laying out the beauty in the theology behind the Eucharist, to lay for this Eucharistic revival that we all are longing for. I appreciated Bishop Warfield’s comments about having discussions in regional meetings leading up to this. I think that is a great, also I think in the provinces.

“You know, I am somewhat amused by those who think we are rushing into this. We do nothing quickly as this conference, and I think that’s good. Our processes require us to be deliberate in the actions that we take. But I think to call this rushing into it, I think is hyperbole.    

“I do want to talk specifically about why I think—and this came up in the discussion yesterday—why this is a particularly important moment that we speak. And, as Bishop Rhodes has pointed up, that abortion, euthanasia, these are not the only issues that, one, should exclude themselves from the Eucharist if they are involved, there are many personal ones, but there could be other public ones like racism, like human trafficking, but my call to politicians has always been one of integrity. 

“And, unfortunately, it is not the bishops that have brought us to this point, it’s really, I think, some of our public officials. And we are at a new moment in the pro-life movement, and I think this is important for us to understand. Those who advocate for abortion no longer talk in the language of choice. They talk about it as a right. That’s what our president talks about it—as a right. And this really evolved when, under a previous administration, when he was the vice president, when abortion became, not by an act of Congress, not by a court, but by a regulation, declared as medical care. And it is out of this context that this president now says it’s a right and, therefore, everybody is going to have to pay taxes for this—as we see the attack on the Hyde Amendment—everybody is to be implicated in it. And this is a Catholic president that’s doing this, the most aggressive thing that we have ever seen in terms of this attack on life when it’s most innocent.

“We made our own statement a couple of years ago why it’s preeminent—why is the abortion issue preeminent? Because it attacks life when it’s most vulnerable. Between mother and child, father and child, and because of the sheer numbers. There’s nothing else that compares to it.         

“So, yes, it is a preeminent issue. It’s not the only issue. But it is a preeminent issue. And it’s really those in public life who then flaunt their Catholicity, love to describe themselves as devout Catholics and then act in these ways simultaneously.             

“When, at our ad limina visit, when we talked to Pope Francis about this, he agreed with the language of preeminence. He even said that without the right to life, there are no other rights.

“And he also went on to say that when he talks about this issue with those that don’t agree, he asks two questions: Is it ever right to kill a child to solve a problem. And then he says the second question: Is it ever right to hire someone to kill a child to solve a problem? This is the clarity with which Pope Francis frames this issue.

“And, again, I think this whole idea as posturing this as denying people communion. We are calling everybody to integrity, including those in public life. And, yes, the president, the speaker, they have the right to disagree with us, but then they should say that. And, you know, when we bring somebody into the church from a Christian, but non-Catholic, there is an oath that people take. And it says: I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God. And, when we received the Eucharist, in essence, every time we receive it, we are affirming that as well.

Thanks.”

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