CNA Staff, Nov 11, 2020 / 11:05 am
While the U.S. bishops’ conference congratulated presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden on the election results this weekend, the bishop of Fort Worth has called for prayer, saying the vote tallies are not yet official.
“This is still a time for prudence and patience as the results of the presidential election have not been officially authenticated,” Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth stated on Nov. 8. He called on Catholics to pray for peace if the results are challenged in court.
“It appears that there will be recourse made in the courts so it is best for us in the meantime to pray for peace in our society and nation and that the integrity of our republic, one nation under God, might be maintained for the common good of all,” Bishop Olson stated.
Bishop Olson’s statement appears to be a departure from the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB), which on Nov. 7 congratulated Joe Biden as the second Catholic to become president.
A statement by the USCCB president, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, noted that “we recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States.”
“We congratulate Mr. Biden and acknowledge that he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith,” Gomez stated. “We also congratulate Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who becomes the first woman ever elected as vice president.”
As Bishop Olson asked for prayer and peace, Archbishop Gomez also called on Catholics “to promote fraternity and mutual trust.”
“The American people have spoken in this election. Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good,” he said.