Catholic bishops alarmed by ‘misguided’ Biden executive order

Catholic bishops alarmed by ‘misguided’ Biden executive order

Catholic
bishops
criticized
on
Friday

President
Biden’s
recent
executive
order
on
applying
anti-discrimination
protections
to
certain
groups,
arguing
it
didn’t
properly
account
for
religious
liberty
and
furthered
“false
theories
on
human
sexuality.” 

Wednesday’s
order,
they
said,
“threatens
to
infringe
the
rights
of
people
who
recognize
the
truth
of
sexual
difference
or
who
uphold
the
institution
of
lifelong
marriage
between
one
man
and
one
woman.
This
may
manifest
in
mandates
that,
for
example,
erode
health
care
conscience
rights
or
needed
and
time-honored
sex-specific
spaces
and
activities.”

Signed
by
bishops
from
across
the
country,
the
statement
represented
another
sharp
disagreement
Church
leadership
had
with
the
second
U.S.
president
to
identify
as
Catholic.

The
executive
order
referenced
the
Supreme
Court’s
decision
last
year
in
Bostock
v.
Clayton
County,
in
which
Justice
Neil
Gorsuch
issued
a
controversial
opinion
on
what’s
protected
under
sex-based
anti-discrimination
law.


WHITE
HOUSE
SAYS
BIDEN
IS
A
‘DEVOUT
CATHOLIC’
WHEN
ASKED
ABOUT
ABORTION
POLICIES

“In Bostock
v.
Clayton
County,
590 U.S.
___
(2020),
the
Supreme
Court
held
that
Title
VII’s
prohibition
on
discrimination
‘because
of
[…]
sex’ covers
discrimination
on
the
basis
of
gender
identity
and
sexual
orientation,”
the
order
read.

The
bishops
argued,
however,
that
the
executive
order
didn’t
leave
as
much
flexibility
for
religious
entities
as
the
Court
did.

“Every
person
has
a
right
to
gainful
employment,
education,
and
basic
human
services
free
of
unjust
discrimination,”
read
the
bishops’
statement.

“That
right
should
be
protected.
The
Supreme
Court’s Bostock decision,
however,
needlessly
ignored
the
integrity
of
God’s
creation
of
the
two
complementary
sexes,
male
and
female,
with
reasoning
that
treated
them
as
devoid
of
meaning.
Wednesday’s
executive
order
on
‘sex’
discrimination
exceeds
the
Court’s
decision.”

They
added
that
Biden
was
conflating
“the
goal
of
racial
equality

with
the
imposition
of
new
attitudes
and
false
theories
on
human
sexuality
which
can
produce
social
harms.”


HEAD
OF
US
BISHOPS’
CONFERENCE
WARNS
BIDEN
WOULD
‘ADVANCE
MORAL
EVILS
AND
THREATEN
HUMAN
LIFE’

The
head
of
the
U.S.
Conference
of Catholic
Bishops
(USCCB)
previously
criticized
Biden’s
stance
on
abortion
and
other
issues,
saying
that
he
would
“advance
moral
evils
and
threaten
human
life.”
When
asked
on
Wednesday
about
Biden’s
abortion
policies,
White
House
Press
Secretary
Jen
Psaki
said
the
president
was
a
“devout
Catholic.”

Biden’s
identification
as
a
Catholic
has
come
under
intense
scrutiny
from
some
given
his
public
advocacy
and
activity.
For
example,
he
previously
presided
over
a
same-sex
wedding
ceremony
even
though
the
Church
has
long
condemned
homosexuality.
The
Catechism
reads:
“Basing
itself
on
Sacred
Scripture,
which
presents
homosexual
acts
as
acts
of
grave
depravity,
tradition
has
always
declared
that
‘homosexual
acts
are
intrinsically
disordered,'”
it
said
referencing
a
document
from
the Congregation
for
the
Doctrine
of
the
Faith. “They
are
contrary
to
the
natural
law,”
it
added.


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It

adds
that
individuals
with
“deep-seated
homosexual
tendencies”
“must
be
accepted
with
respect,
compassion,
and
sensitivity.
Every
sign
of
unjust
discrimination
in
their
regard
should
be
avoided.”

However,
Catholic
teaching
also
emphasizes
the
importance
of
religious
freedom,

stating:
“The
right
to
the
exercise
of
freedom,
especially
in
religious
and
moral
matters,
is
an
inalienable
requirement
of
the
dignity
of
man.
But
the
exercise
of
freedom
does
not
entail
the
putative
right
to
say
or
do
anything.”

Sam
Dorman
is
a
reporter
with
Fox
News.
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