U.S. Bishops Issue Statements Following Biden Inauguration

The U.S. bishops issued several statements following President Joe Biden's inauguration at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. this week. The first statement, issued by USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, offered prayers for the new president, praying for wisdom and courage to lead this great nation in these challenging times. Gomez also said that he looks forward to working with the new president and Congress, stating that "[a]s with every administration, there will be areas where we agree and work closely together and areas where we will have principled disagreement and strong opposition."

Gomez stated that "it will be refreshing to engage with a president who clearly understands, in a deep and personal way, the importance of religious faith and institutions." At the same time, Gomez wrote, "our new president has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences." For the full statement, click here.

The bishops also issued statements
 welcoming President Biden's reinstatement of the DACA program and recommitting the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accord.

As President Biden issues further details about his administration's policy priorities and issues further executive orders, we expect additional statements to follow.

January 25, 2021 - 8:54am

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