As friction mounts between American Catholics and Biden, visit to Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio sparks fire


A Cincinnati anti-abortion group calls on people to contact a local Catholic university ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit on Wednesday, reflecting a larger debate raging in American Catholic circles over abortion rights, the House Blanche and who calls himself a Catholic.

Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati said that the suburban University of Cincinnati, Mount St. Joseph University, welcomes the “most pro-abortion president in US history” and asked the public to call the university to protest with Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr.

The Archdioceses of Cincinnati released a statement Tuesday saying Schnurr would not have granted Biden’s visit to Catholic property – but Wednesday’s visit was not his call.

The statement says Schnurr has not been contacted about the visit.

“Archbishop Schnurr was therefore not solicited, nor would have granted, his approval for such an event to occur in Catholic premises,” the statement said, adding that “Mount Saint Joseph University operates independently of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati “.

The dissent over Biden’s visit reflects growing friction between the president, only the second Catholic to hold office, and the church at large in the United States, where many adherents are angry with some of the pro actions. -choice of Biden.

Mount St. Joseph University confirmed Tuesday that it is hosting the chairman of a CNN town hall, which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

“The university has always been and will continue to be a diverse and inclusive place where people of different races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, beliefs and religions can come together to discuss and share their unique perspectives,” a statement said. from school. “We look forward to bringing the Mount to prime-time television audiences nationwide.”

Mount St. Joseph University pictured on Monday June 29, 2021.

After: U.S. Catholic Bishops set to rebuke Biden and politicians for supporting abortion rights

Biden is the country’s second Catholic president and regularly attends mass. He says he personally opposes abortion but doesn’t think he should be forcing that position on Americans who think otherwise. He took several executive steps during his presidency that were praised by abortion rights advocates.

But his actions angered other followers of his religion. In June, for example, American Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” intended to rebuke Catholic politicians like Biden who receive Communion despite their support for the right to abortion.

And in May, Biden’s invitation to speak at the University of Notre Dame prompted alumni to criticize the school, citing Biden’s “pro-abortion and anti-freedom agenda. religious”. Biden declined the invitation due to a scheduling conflict.

“Tell them this is unacceptable for a Catholic university,” read an email from Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “They should be ashamed of harboring a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn innocent lives.”

They called on Schnurr to make Catholics in the region understand that “President Biden is not a Catholic in good standing until he has done everything in his power to end abortion.”

The group said Biden was working to remove restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortion put in place by the Trump administration and referred readers to a list of “Biden’s crimes against the unborn.”

News of the location, a tiny Catholic university nestled in the hills of Cincinnati’s conservative West Side, was a closely guarded secret, despite an influx of satellite trucks outside the university’s main auditorium on Monday.

Mount St. Joseph University is located in Delhi Township, a community of 30,000 people 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. And while Hamilton County voters chose Biden 57% versus 41% for Trump, it was a different story in Delhi Township, which opted for Trump by a 67% to 31% margin.

Listener Dusty Rhodes, Democrat and Catholic from Delhi, agreed with Right to Life in the social media posts. He called Biden “the most pro-abortion president we’ve ever had.”

He said Catholic nuns agreeing to host him were “ineligible”.

“For the Sisters of Charity, a so-called Catholic order, allowing it to use their facilities only sends all the wrong signals,” Rhodes said.

Contribution: USA Today, Jackie Borchardt, Associated Press

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Catholic University confirms Joe Biden visit as criticism escalates

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