The USCCB confirms Biden as president, calling for unity, compromise, and fraternity, according to a recent statement from Archbishop Gomez.
By Deacon Frederick Bartels
Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on Nov. 7th commenting on the 2020 presidential election, congratulating Joe Biden as the winner:
As we do this, we recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States. We congratulate Mr. Biden and acknowledge that he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith. We also congratulate Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who becomes the first woman ever elected as vice president.
Unfortunately, the USCCB statement is not only premature, since Biden is not yet the winner (the news media doesn’t have the power to elect the president), it’s also scandalous on many levels. Praising Joe Biden as someone who professes the Catholic faith is likely to lead Catholics and other Christians into thinking that the anti-life and anti-marriage ideologies he holds line up with the divine faith of the Church, which they do not. They’re in grave contradiction to it.
The statement begins by acknowledging the blessings of liberty in America—a liberty which, thanks to Marxists who’ve infiltrated the Church, our institutions, media, schools, and government, is on the wane.
Arch. Gomez states that “The American people have spoken in this election,” which, in many ways, gets to the heart of the attacks on our liberty. The fact is, the American people have not yet been allowed to speak due to voter fraud, which is no longer simply an allegation. Attorneys have gathered an affidavit from a postal worker who was ordered by a supervisor to backdate ballots. Furthermore, there is additional evidence attesting to the manipulation of votes in several key states. Just how far and wide this system of ballot tampering runs is as of yet unknown. What we do know, is there is strong evidence of widespread manipulation.
LifeSiteNews reported that Attorney Sidney Powell, “who has been lead counsel in more than 500 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and who served in the Department of Justice for ten years,” appeared on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures show, and stated that “there has been a massive and coordinated effort to steal this election from we the people of the United States of America.”
According to LifeSiteNews, Attorney Powell “confirmed that the legal team was getting an affidavit from a postal worker who was ordered to backdate ballots.”
She went on to say that there were “multiple states that didn’t even follow the rules of their own legislature,” stressing that Supreme Court adjudication will be required to settle several issues.
In the statement, Archbishop Gomez—and the USCCB itself, it is assumed—calls for unity and compromise for the sake of the common good: “Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good.”
However, if large-scale voter fraud has occurred, it begs the question: how is it possible to have unity and nurture the common good in the presence of blatant injustice in the election process? The common good and wide-scale injustices are mutually exclusive. They can’t co-exist. Without justice, there is no peace, nor can the common good stand. In other words, if Americans are denied a free election and politicians are inserted into their positions of authority against the will of the people through the use of nefarious, malicious tactics, we no longer have a justly ordered society. Although communism hasn’t been ushered in as a complete package as of yet, we have passed through the initial doorway through a rigged election—if that is the case.
Furthermore, it’s clear that Democrats have no wish to compromise for the sake of the common good. In the first place, their culture-of-death party platform is directly opposed to the common good through their support for killing unborn children by the millions and dismantling the institution of marriage. During the election process we have witnessed lies and distortions on a whole new, shameless level, such as the credible reports of the Biden-Hunter China payoffs that have been suppressed by the mainstream media and big-tech oligarchs. The Democrats need to be called out and exposed, not enabled through silence and complicity.
Archbishop Gomez calls Catholics to follow Christ and bear witness to his love:
As Catholics and Americans, our priorities and mission are clear. We are here to follow Jesus Christ, to bear witness to His love in our lives, and to build His Kingdom on earth. I believe that at this moment in American history, Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country.
I agree. We do have a special duty to be peacemakers and to promote fraternity and mutual trust. Yet none of these values are possible in the absence of truth. For apart from truth, one cannot follow the Lord Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
Archbishop Gomez emphasized the need for virtue, self-discipline, charity, civility, and freedom of speech:
Democracy requires that all of us conduct ourselves as people of virtue and self-discipline. It requires that we respect the free expression of opinions and that we treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy.
I agree with this statement. It touches on many important values. Nevertheless, it is troubling that the overall tone of the USCCB statement confirms Biden as the next president while leaving out the malicious threats to human life and the common good that the Biden-Harris team so obviously support, and, at the same time, ignores the strong evidence indicating that the election is not yet settled.
Unfortunately, it communicates the idea that the U.S. bishops are pleased as a whole with the (incomplete) outcome of the election. Given the strong possibility of voter fraud, the violations to liberty and justice, and the intrinsic evils the Biden Harris team support, that’s troubling, to say the least.
Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo. He holds an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry and is a Catholic educator, public speaker, and evangelist who strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. For more, visit YouTube, iTunes and Google Play.