“The Church has to have an independent voice to say we agree when we can agree, and when we can’t agree we’re going to say something,” Bishop Flores told Crux, an online Catholic news outlet.
Flores is the new head of the doctrine committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which is charged with assisting the bishops “in areas of faith and morals, providing expertise and guidance concerning the theological issues that confront the Church in the United States.”
The Catholic Church has long been affiliated with the Democratic Party in the United States and up until the 1960s Catholics could be reliably counted on to vote Democrat. The two Roman Catholic presidents to date have both run on the Democratic ticket, with John F. Kennedy taking 80 percent of the Catholic vote.
The Pew Research Center revealed in 2019 that “64% of Catholic Democrats and Democratic leaners say abortion should be legal in all or most cases” and on balance, “Catholic Democrats are more likely to favor legal abortion than to oppose it.”
This draws into question the messaging from the church to its parishioners which official church doctrine states abortion is grievous sin that is not to be undertaken. Biden in has come under scrutiny as many in the Vatican and Bishops call for Biden’s excommunication from the church for his stance on abortion.