Washington's archbishop Wilton Gregory has said that he will not deny communion to Joe Biden, despite the Democrat's support for abortion.
Gregory said he wants to cultivate a relationship where "we can discover areas where we can cooperate that reflect the social teachings of the church, knowing full well that there are some areas where we won't agree" and to encourage dialogue.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently voiced concern for Biden's support of abortion and promise to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and use tax payer money for abortion.
Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, president of USCCB, said Biden's stance has "challenges" and "confusion," since he professes to be Catholic.
Catholics consider abortion to be a "grave sin" and believe that life begins at conception. Catholic theology dictates that those who are committing a grave sin — considered to be more serious than other sins — are not allowed to take communion.
Biden has previously been denied communion for his abortion stance.
Hugh Brown, executive vice president of the Catholic pro-life group American Life League admonished Gregory for his decision.
"Gregory is like thousands of men who put the respect of the world above that of the Holy Spirit," Brown said. "Joe Biden is one of the pillars of the culture of death. The church in its cowardice has allowed him to go unchecked."