Catholic Bishops Back Down From Proposal to Deny Communion to Pro-Choice Politicians

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Pope Francis undermined a long-standing Catholic tenet at the history-changing U.S. Catholic Bishops’ annual meeting. Catholics, known for their strong pro-life stance, seemingly turned their view in the opposite direction. Bishops met last June, vowing to prepare a resolution that would potentially prevent pro-choice politicians from taking communion. Instead, after three sessions, the bishops decided to summarize Catholic teaching on the sacrament, but they remained silent about politicians who support abortion. Ignoring the issue of the pro-abortion issue came after Pope Francis met with Nancy Pelosi and later Joe Biden in the Vatican.