The US Catholic hierarchy has cast its forty pieces of silver with the pro-death penalty, war-mongering Republican party of the rich for decades now.
The Democrat party whose policies conform most to Catholic social teaching in its defense of the poor, the immigrant and those in need of health care and opposition to war and capital punishment has consistently gotten the shepherds' crosier to the neck due to its defense of grown women over fetal tissue.
This election year the Democrat victory seems to really have gotten the sheep herders' goat. The imperious Bishop Joe "Dry" Martini of Scranton sounds ready to excommunicate Joe Biden for his pro-choice politics:
"I can't have a vice - president coming to my realm saying he learned catholic values here! To hell with the poor, the imprisoned, the naked and the sick and non- combatants in war, this is my catholicism of Fetal rights- love it or leave it! If Biden dares darken the door of one of my churches, he'll get nothing but sour grapes Blood of Christ and some stale old moldy blessed bread!"