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Catholic bishops split over abortion, gay marriage in Biden presidency


Catholic bishops appear divided over forming a working group to address the imminent administration of presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden, who would be the nation’s second Catholic chief executive.

On one side is Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, who took to Twitter last week to say Mr. Biden should repent for his support of abortion and same-sex marriage.

“As a bishop I beg Mr Biden to repent of his dissent from Catholic teaching on abortion & marriage,” Bishop Strickland tweeted. “He aspires to the highest office in our land & must be guided by the truth.”

Other bishops are taking a wait-and-see approach with the incoming administration.

Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory told a Vatican journalist on Tuesday that he would not deny Mr. Biden communion, as some have called for, over the former vice president’s stances on abortion.

“I certainly hope to be able to be in dialogue with him,” Archbishop Gregory told The National Catholic Reporter. “Being in conversation, being in dialogue, means more than just speaking about the happy things.”

This month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged Mr. Biden’s presumed election, saying “he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United

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