I wanted to say something about the Catholic bishops' decision to create a statement on the eucharist, or at least the reaction to that story. I waited a bit because I've seen some mistakes in that reaction, and don't want to seem like I'm calling out specific people.
1. No, the bishops and their politics aren't killing the church, at least not singlehandedly. Religious disaffiliation *does* happen in part due to political differences, but only in part.
It's a VERY complicated social phenomenon, and it's very difficult to pin it on any one cause.
I say this in part because the mainline denominations have been accused for decades of dying because of their supposedly radical left-wing preachers alienating the flock. That was b.s.
What's more likely the case here is not that the bishops' stand on denying eucharist alienates liberal Catholics, but that their monomaniacal focus on abortion and homosexuality does.
I've heard this directly from people who joined my congregation: "All they talked about in my Catholic parish was abortion and money." After awhile, that kind of focus just doesn't do much for you spiritually.
Hyper-focus, I should say. Anyway, the point is: sometimes people just want to hear a nice sermon about God.
In the case of Catholics specifically, there's the added complication of clergy sex abuse. People feel like the Catholic hierarchy hasn't done enough to address that legacy, which is enough to drive people out on its own.
But when you couple that with pushing a hard-right social agenda, people quite naturally start to wonder what's in this church for them.
But again, that all takes place in the context of religious disaffiliation across all social lines. Age has a lot to do with it, so do falling birth rates, complex social changes. Beware moncausal explanations.
2. Along those same lines, no, the Episcopal church is not going to clean up with all the departing Catholics. Mostly, people who leave a denomination stop going to church *anywhere.* They simply stay home on Sunday morning and watch wrestling.
Okay, that last point might not be supported in the sociology literature.
But (IIRC), something like 2/3s of people who leave a denomination become disaffiliated. More anecdotally, the people who leave the Catholic church often don't want to be reminded of its cultural forms, with priests, mass, incense, all of those trappings.
That's why in places like Massachusetts, Catholic refugees tend to gravitate to churches like the UCC, rather than the Episcopalians. We tend to be much lower-church.
This is also why a lot of Hispanic/Latinx immigrants who leave Catholicism tend to wind up in evangelical churches, if any. They want something different.
3. Okay, last point. The Catholic church is waaaay less monolithic than a lot of people think it is. The Pope can't exactly order bishops around, the bishops can't exactly order priests around, the priests can't exactly order the laity around.
There's a lot of respect for authority on every level, yes. But the pope's decision-making powers are not unilateral, and neither are bishops'.
There was a case in Wisconsin recently where a very hard-right priest (a lawyer in a former life, go figure) alienated a bunch of his parish by, among other things, spouting off a lot of COVID/vaccine denialism.
The bishop pulled him from the parish, basically as close to firing him as you can get without defrocking him. Guess what? He's still there! He has recourse in canon law to appeal his dismissal, and it could take years to decide.
I've also been told by multiple priests how they dodge orders from the bishop they don't agree with. In one case, the bishop was pushing the priests to make sure no one "unworthy" was receiving communion. They shrugged and kept on accepting everyone. They're pastors first.
And anyone who's spent any time talking church with Catholic laity knows it doesn't take long for the subject of Things I Disagree With The Hierarchy On to come up.
It's not always loud, it's not always full-on rebellious, but Catholic lay people have a mind of their own, just like anybody.
Just as one example, I officiated at a same-sex marriage where one of the brides' mother was a staunch, life-long Catholic. Though she loved her daughter's partner dearly, there was some concern that she would struggle with the idea of them marrying.
After the service, the mother came up to me with a worried look on her face. I thought, "Oh boy, here it comes, she's going to share her concerns with me."

"I wish you could be a priest in my church," she said.
Uh, well, I already have a congregation, I told her, and I'd make a terrible Catholic, to be honest, but thank you for the compliment.
And she says essentially, I get it. "I just wish my church would catch up to yours," she told me.
So the bishops can't, and won't, excommunicate Biden or other pro-choice pols.
If I'm guessing right, what will happen is that the bishops will try to write something tough as nails, and they'll run into a lot of resistance from the Vatican, which does not want An Incident, and from their own laity.
So they'll put up something high-minded and abstract about first principles and the cause of the unborn and the need for church discipline and obedience, dammit—and then everyone will politely ignore it.
*Maybe* some knuckledragger will make noise about Biden better not come around here, but it'll never come to that. Biden will avoid the recalcitrant bishops, and anyone who goes too far will get their knuckles rapped by Francis.
The very short version of this long thread is that the statement is the main event: they don't want to actually deny Biden communion, they just want to threaten to do so to make a point. And while that won't cause a flood of people to leave the church, well, it sure won't help.
Thank you all for reading, tune in next week for my rant on why shirts with clerical collars are convenient, low-maintenance fashion disasters. Sequela finivit.
One more thing. I work in an ecumenical context these days, and I actually have a lot of respect for what my Catholic colleagues try to accomplish. So a) don't blame my boss for what I say, and b) I hope I've been critical without being disrespectful.

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