.- The U.S. bishops need to face âthe real problemâ that one cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion, said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. This past week, at their national convention, âthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had an opportunity to provide strong leadership on the question of Catholic public figures who favor legal abortion,â Brown said.
Brown said the bishopsâ task force report on Catholic bishops and Catholic politicians, displayed âunwillingness to enforce Church teaching on this grave matter.â The task force is headed by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
She said the bishopsâ report attempted to âshift the focus away from the bishops' responsibility to teach, preach and act in accord with Church law and Church teachingâ by attacking âthose groups and individuals who are exposing the scandal of pro-abortion Catholic public figures,â such as the media and partisan groups.
"Had the conference united in its commitment to enforce Canon 915, the bishops could not only have prevented this ongoing scandal but they could have taken the first steps toward providing wayward Catholic public figures with the guidance they need," she said.
Canon 915 states those who âobstinately persist in manifest grave sinâ are not to be admitted to Eucharistic communion.