While the church hierarchy has long condemned abortion, Catholics in the United States are largely supportive of abortion rights. According to a 2019 Pew Research Survey, 68% of Catholics in the country do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.
Jamie L. Manson, head of the advocacy organization Catholics for Choice, decried Cordileone’s actions as akin to “waging a culture war that the bishops have already retreated from.”
“Last year, a core contingent of U.S. bishops launched an unholy crusade to prohibit President Biden and other pro-choice politicians from receiving Communion,” Manson said in a statement. “Thankfully, they backed down due to overwhelming pushback from a vast majority of Catholics from both sides of the political divide who let them know that abusing the power of our sacraments is unacceptable. But Archbishop Cordileone still won’t relent.”
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