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The Catholic hierarchy fractured over the inauguration of America’s 2nd Catholic president

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Fifteen minutes after President Biden was sworn in Wednesday, the Vatican launched the textual content of the nice and cozy congratulatory telegram Pope Francis had despatched the second Catholic U.S. president, after John F. Kennedy. Such telegrams are conventional for the pope — he despatched one to former President Donald Trump at his inauguration, too. But Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), additionally printed a letter to Biden, and it was colder and evidently unprecedented.”By Wednesday afternoon, a flurry of statements from some bishops seemed to take sides between the USCCB statement from Archbishop Gomez and the pope’s statement,” the Jesuit journal America reported.Gomez, in his letter, insisted that “Catholic bishops are not partisan players in our nation’s politics,” however mentioned he felt obliged to “point out that our new president has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” but in addition “the liberty of the church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, a key U.S. ally of Pope Francis, issued a uncommon public rebuke of a fellow bishop, saying the USCCB’s “ill-considered statement” for Biden’s inauguration “came as a surprise to many bishops, who received it just hours before it was released,” and bypassed the “collegial consultation” course of usually used for “statements that represent and enjoy the considered endorsement of the American bishops.” He added that the USCCB should handle this “internal institutional failure.”The Vatican was additionally reportedly displeased with Gomez’s letter. A senior Vatican official informed America the assertion was “most unfortunate” and will “create even greater divisions within the church in the United States.”Story continuesThe odd factor about Gomez’s “tone deaf” and “churlish statement,” Michael Sean Winters argues in a National Catholic Reporter column, is that Biden had “the most Catholic inauguration in history.” A priest gave the invocation, Lady Gaga and poet Amanda Gorman — each Catholic — stole the present, and Biden, who began the day at mass, gave an inaugural handle that “was a better articulation of Catholic ideas about governance than any recent document from the conference,” Winters mentioned. “And Biden quoted St. Augustine!”Read the pope’s message to Biden, Gomez’s letter, and Winters’ critique.More tales from theweek.com7 brutally humorous cartoons about Trump’s White House exitTrump’s group fired the White House chief usher proper earlier than Biden took workplace, possibly at Biden’s requestBiden has stopped development on Trump’s border wall, however the destiny of excellent contracts is unclear

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