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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, along with four other American prelates, released a statement on Friday to express their concerns over one of the executive orders Biden signed on his first day.
The order seeks to "prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation."
But while Dolan had little to say prior to the election, he and his four fellow bishops are now worried Biden's pro-LGBT order "threatens to infringe the rights of people who recognize the truth of sexual difference or who uphold the institution of lifelong marriage between one man and one woman."
Dolan and the four bishops go on to say they're "very grateful for the new administration's actions on immigration and the climate," but "find [it] unfortunate" Biden's moves toward racial equality are "partially conflated" with "false theories on human sexuality."
Among the nine ways one can be an accessory to sin, silence is particularly insidious for those ordained to shepherd.
Biden's own bishop in Delaware, William Francis Malooly, was confronted in October on his lawn for refusing to deny Biden Holy Communion and speak clearly against his aggressive anti-Catholic policies.
Malooly: Get out of here.
Randall Terry: They're killing babies and you haven't rebuked Biden publicly. You haven't held him accountable at any level.
Malooly: You do not know that.
Terry: Publicly — public scandal requires a public rebuke. You could probably have him defeated if you would just say its a sin to vote for someone who is promoting baby-killing and wants us to pay for it with our tax money.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory of D.C. also made it clear he would not deny Biden Holy Communion.
But there are a handful of American bishops who stand against the tide.
Friday marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which Biden and Kamala Harris celebrated as an advancement of women's rights and health.
Kansas City archbishop Joseph Naumann fired back the same day: "It is deeply disturbing and tragic that any president would praise and commit to codifying a Supreme Court ruling that denies unborn children their most basic human and civil right — the right to life — under the euphemistic disguise of a health service."
President of the U.S. bishops' conference, L.A.'s Abp. José Gomez, was also quiet before the election but released a statement on Inauguration Day to spotlight a few areas like abortion, where Biden opposes perennial Church teaching.