Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2022 / 17:50 pm
In his first press conference after being elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said Tuesday that he’d be “happy” to meet with President Joe Biden, a Catholic whose position on abortion, transgenderism, and gay marriage is sharply at odds with Church teaching.
In a brief press conference, Broglio, who is the prelate for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, also spoke on the connection between homosexuality and the clergy sex abuse crisis, and his relationship with Pope Francis as a “brother bishop,” among other topics.
“Well, certainly I will look forward to any occasion that I have to dialogue with political leaders in the United States. I don’t see my role as primarily political, but if there is any way to insert the Gospel into all aspects of life in our country, I certainly will not miss any occasion to do that,” Broglio said to reporters in Baltimore, where the U.S. bishops are having their annual fall assembly.
“I know that there has been a great desire on the part of the outgoing presidency [of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles] to meet with the president and that hasn’t been possible. If it’s possible in the future, I’ll certainly take advantage of that opportunity,” he added.