17 September 2021, The Tablet

Cardinal Gregory distances himself from Biden

Cardinal Gregory said that President Joe Biden was “not demonstrating Catholic teaching”.

Cardinal Gregory distances himself from Biden

Cardinal Wilton Gregory celebrates Mass in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life in his first appearance at the National Press Club. Gregory said that President Joe Biden was “not demonstrating Catholic teaching” when he recently said he did not believe that life begins at conception. Recalling that he served as an auxiliary bishop to Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Gregory said he still supported the late cardinal’s approach, a “consistent ethic of life, which says that all life issues are linked.”

When asked if he thought women would become priests, he replied, “The answer is no.” He added, “That’s our belief, our custom, our practice, and I don’t see it changing.” 

Addressing clergy sex abuse, Gregory said, “The people who should get our sorrow and our concern and our compassion are those who are hurt. Those that hurt them, the perpetrators, should be held to the same criminal justice that anyone who creates such a scandal should be held.” 

Meanwhile former President Donald Trump announced a new faith advisory board, led by his longtime advisor Paula White, pastor at a Pentecostal megachurch in Florida, who led a similar effort during both the 2016 and 2020 elections. The announcement was made on a conference call with reporters. Most political observers took this as an indication he is planning to seek the presidency in 2024. 

The former president discussed his policy accomplishments for conservative Christians. He recalled moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and declaring churches “essential services” during the pandemic, which allowed them to stay open. 

Trump admitted that he did not do as well with Catholic voters in 2020 as he had in 2016. “I'm a little bit surprised that we didn't do better with the Catholic vote,” he said. “I think now they would give us a vote. I think we got about 50 per cent of the vote. And yet, we did a lot for the Catholic vote. We're gonna have to meet with the Catholics.”

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