The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José Horacio Gómez, questioned the role of Joe Biden’s administration for “promoting moral evils and threatening human life and dignity.”

The Blaze reported that Gómez addressed some words of prayer for the new president and his family during Inauguration Day but also took a moment to denounce his stance on issues of abortion, marriage, and gender.

Archbishop’s prayer for President Biden

“I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation and that God help him to meet the tests of these times, to heal the wounds caused by this pandemic, to ease our intense political and cultural divisions, and to bring people together with renewed dedication to America’s founding purposes, to be one nation under God committed to liberty and equality for all,” Gómez said.

Gómez reiterated that Catholic bishops do not play a partisan role in the nation’s political affairs, asserting that their responsibility is to “guide consciences” by offering principles that are “rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the social teachings of their church.”

The Catholic president’s policies

“I must point out that 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,” he added.

Last year, in the run-up to the general election, Catholic Vote launched a campaign to challenge the anti-Catholic record of then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden, a self-described faithful Catholic.

Through a 30-second video titled “Indispensable,” Catholic Vote showed some arguments criticizing Biden and his vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris for their pro-abortion stance and their support for Marxist movements such as Black Lives Matters, which seeks to eliminate the concept of the traditional family ‘imposed’ by Western culture.

Meanwhile, Gomez said that for the Catholic faithful as well as the church, it is a matter of deep concern to live according to their consciences, adding that for the nation’s bishops the continuing injustice of abortion represents a priority. “Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family,” he added.

“It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities,” Gomez noted.

He affirmed that we are all under the gaze of God who alone is able to judge and know the intentions in our hearts, so he is praying that the president as well as Americans will have the grace to seek the common good in a sincere manner.

Biden administration is pro-abortion

The Biden administration has committed to pro-abortion policies after announcing an upcoming repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used to pay for abortions unless it is to save a woman’s life, incest pregnancies, or rape cases.

Infectious disease expert and chief medical adviser to President Biden, Anthony Fauci, said during a recent meeting with the executive board of the World Health Organization that the new administration would repeal the Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions.