Shouldn’t the Catholic Church Excommunicate Joe Biden Over His Support for Abortion?

Oct. 30, 2019
Bob Adelmann

The Vatican has made its position on abortion crystal clear:

Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.

This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.

Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.

God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves.

Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.

The Vatican goes further: anyone who "cooperates" in the performance of an abortion is excommunicated: "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life."

Biden should consider himself lucky that all he got was a slap on the wrist last Sunday when a Catholic priest denied him communion. While on a political junket in South Carolina over the weekend, Biden stopped by the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday morning to attend mass. The Rev. Robert E. Morey refused to serve communion to the former vice president, explaining:

Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden. 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 … outside of Church teaching.

But Biden claims he agrees with the church's teaching. He just doesn't want to impose his views on anyone else. Said Biden in an interview in 2015: "I'm prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there's human life and being, but I'm not prepared to say that to other God-fearing [and] non-God-fearing people [who] have a different view."

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He waffled further when he declared that, "the best policy for our country on the question of abortion is a policy of government neutrality. Put another way: I do not believe that the government should be involved in making judgments on whether a woman can, or should have, an abortion…."

He believes that not only is Roe v. Wade the law of the land despite the faux "right to privacy" conjured in that Supreme Court decision, he wants to codify it into federal law just in case the Court decides it made a mistake, and reverses its 1973 decision.

In fact, in 1981 Biden voted for an amendment allowing states to overturn Roe v. Wade, but the next year voted against the same amendment. He also has pledged, if elected president, to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who support that flawed decision.

In addition, Biden has supported the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits using taxpayer monies to pay for abortions – right up until he changed his mind last June. He had the temerity to suggest, in public, that the Hyde Amendment was a good thing, and the roof fell in. Spokespeople for Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America railed against his position, with the president of NARAL, Ilyse Hogue, claiming that his support for the Hyde Amendment was "discrimination against poor women and women of color." Planned Parenthood stated that Biden's support for the rule was "harmful" to women, and he caved, declaring that "times had changed."

Biden now is promising to "eliminate all of the changes that this President [Trump] made" to family planning programs, and that he would, as president, increase funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation's primary killer of the unborn.

If that isn't supporting or enabling the government to involve itself in those private decisions Biden claims should be left up to only the woman herself, what is? If that isn't "cooperating" with the murder of the unborn, what is?

Biden should consider himself lucky that the Catholic Church isn't excommunicating him.



Washington Times: Joe Biden denied Communion over abortion views

New York Post: Joe Biden denied communion at Mass because of abortion stance Joe Biden denied Holy Communion at Florence church

Daily Mail: Catholic Joe Biden is DENIED Holy Communion during 9am mass at South Carolina church by priest who claimed former VP 'advocates for abortion'

Fox News: Biden denied communion at South Carolina church over abortion stance, report says

Breitbart: Joe Biden Denied Communion at South Carolina Church Over Abortion Stance

Catholic Herald: Biden denied communion at SC parish over abortion stance

Background on Joe Biden

Deep background on Joe Biden

Catholic Church on abortion

The Vatican: Catechism of the Catholic Church - Abortion

The Blaze: Joe Biden denied Holy Communion in South Carolina because of his abortion stance

Background on the Hyde Amendment

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