If American bishops are wondering how the laity feel about Catholic, pro-abort politicians presenting themselves for Holy Communion, the answer was published Tuesday.
A poll conducted on behalf of Catholic Vote is finding that 74% of regular Mass attendees believe Catholic politicians who disagree with Church teaching on issues like abortion should "not [present] themselves for Communion."
Nigerian cardinal Francis Arinze would not be surprised by the survey results. He believes the answer is obvious.
Cdl. Arinze: "Get the children for first Communion. Say to them: 'Somebody voes for the killing of unborn babies. Should that person receive Communion next Sunday? The children will answer that at the drop of a hat. You don't need a cardinal to answer that."
This poll will, no doubt, be a topic of discussion as American bishops meet remotely this week.
Bishops on both sides of the debate have been weighing in for over a month now.
Abp. José Gomez: "We also have been given reason to believe that he [Biden] will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe v. Wade."
Over 60 prelates signed a letter last month asking the bishops' conference to dodge the issue completely — including Cdl. Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C.
When an EWTN reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the Equality Act trampling on Catholics' consciences, she brushed off the issue.
Jen Psaki: "Just a difference of opinion. And he [Joe Biden] respects their difference of opinion, but he has been a supporter of the Equality Act, and he also is a practicing Catholic and attends church nearly every week."
If the bishops dig into the details of the poll, they'll find that nearly 50% of churchgoing Catholics strongly hold the opinion that fake Catholic leaders shouldn't receive Communion.