Democrats have gotten very good at convincing American voters that they are somehow just as faithful to their Christian/Catholic religion as any Republican in the country, but sometimes the rubber meets the road when it comes to that claim. Such a thing happened on Sunday when Joe Biden headed into Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina. Biden had hoped to take part in the Holy Communion ritual during Mass.
But Father Robert Morey decided, based on Biden’s favorable stance on abortion, it wouldn’t be appropriate for the former vice president to participate.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told Florence’s Morning News. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”
Biden’s opinions on abortion (much like his debate performances) are muddy and unclear.
While Biden has come out in favor of Roe v. Wade, he has told voters that he is personally against abortion. This summer, Biden surely cost himself voters on both sides of the debate with his flip-flops on the Hyde Amendment. His campaign informed NBC News that Biden was in favor of the amendment, which protects taxpayers from having the directly fund the practice of abortion. After some backlash from the left, Biden told a crowd in Atlanta that he did not actually support the amendment. Where he actually comes down on this issue remains a mystery.
The Catholic Church’s position on abortion, however, is crystal clear: Human life must be protected from the moment of conception.
Under the leadership of Pope Francis (and to some extent before him), there has been a concerted effort within the Vatican to liberalize some of the Church’s teachings, but that movement has been exaggerated by both supporters and detractors of the current pontiff. On nearly all subjects central to the religion, the Catholic Church remains far more conservative than…well, than the Democratic Party, certainly.
You can contend that religion and politics must remain separate, and that’s all fine and well, but at the end of the day, politicians are either practicing their faith or they aren’t. And if Joe Biden or any other Catholic Democrat thinks that supporting a “woman’s right to choose” isn’t in direct conflict of the Church’s teachings, they are badly mistaken.