When church leaders go overtly partisan:
U.S. Catholic bishops on Friday voted to back a measure that could be an early step toward limiting Communion for President Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.
The vote to create guidelines on the meaning of Communion came after a 3½-hour emotional discussion Thursday at the annual spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Multiple bishops clashed over how, or if, they should single out the church’s teaching on abortion. And if they should single out politicians.
The draft document about the meaning of the Eucharist, a ritual that Catholicism teaches transforms bread and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus, needed a simple majority vote. The measure passed 168 to 55, with six abstentions.
I’m guessing that Catholic politicians who, say, support the execution of systematic sexual abuse survivors or are fanatically committed to upward wealth distribution will not be targeted from their departures from doctrine. For reasons that are all-to-easily-explicable, support for criminalizing reproductive health care is the only dealbreaker.