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Beat reporting uncovers U.S. Catholic bishops’ plan to confront Biden

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New York-based national writer David Crary reported exclusively that a group of U.S. Catholic bishops was working to pressure President Joe Biden to stop taking Communion due to his public advocacy for abortion rights.

The story came together after Crary decided to update his reporting on the uneasy relationship between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Biden, only the second Catholic president and the first to publicly support abortion rights in contradiction of church teaching. Early on in his reporting, Crary learned that the USCCB’s doctrine committee had been assigned to prepare a document addressing Biden. Using his contacts, Crary was able to arrange interviews with two archbishops, who made clear for the first time their goal to publicly confront Biden and urge that he refrain from receiving Communion.

The piece, with contributions by Vatican correspondent Nicole Winfield and input from more moderate bishops and Catholic academics, was one of the the day’s top stories.

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