Joe Biden’s catholicism is under scrutiny by a high-profile archbishop that claims that Biden’s public alignment with catholicism is hurting the church due to his radical views on abortion, according to the Western Journal.
Biden cited scripture, “All of you remind me of how Scripture describes a calling born out of the wilderness.”
“A calling to serve, not to be served. A calling toward justice, healing, hope — not hate. To speak the good news, and followed by some good deeds. It’s not just enough to speak the good news, but good deeds.”
NPR’s Asma Khalid pointed out that Biden is considered “the most overtly devout Democratic presidential campaign since Jimmy Carter in 1976,” adding that he “carries a rosary in his pocket and attends Mass every Sunday.”
Biden “is known as a deeply devout person of faith, and his campaign sees electoral implications in that — in part because Biden has tried to frame this election as a clear moral contrast between Trump and himself.”
Archbishop Naumann said Biden “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic.”
“Mr. Biden professes to be a devout Catholic, yet is 100 percent pro-choice on abortion. How do you think America’s bishops ought to respond to this situation?”
“I can tell you how this bishop is responding. The president should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic, and acknowledge that his view on abortion is contrary to Catholic moral teaching. It would be a more honest approach from him to say he disagreed with his church on this important issue and that he was acting contrary to church teaching,” the archbishop answered.
“When he says he is a devout Catholic, we bishops have the responsibility to correct him. Although people have given this president power and authority, he cannot define what it is to be a Catholic and what Catholic moral teaching is.”
“He’s declaring that he’s Catholic, and is going to force people to support abortion through their tax dollars. The bishops need to correct him, as the president is acting contrary to the Catholic faith,” he concluded.
Naumann was asked if he would deny President Biden communion.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be in that situation; I don’t anticipate him coming to Mass in Kansas and coming up to me to receive Communion,” Naumann said.
“I do believe that his bishop has a responsibility to dialogue with him about this issue. What he is supporting is a serious evil. I don’t know the disposition of his mind and heart, but his act of supporting legal abortion is wrong.”
“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 or herself outside of Church teaching.”
From the Western Journal:
Priests refusing to kowtow to Biden is becoming somewhat of a trend, and a welcome one at that.
Despite having a self-proclaimed Catholic in the White House, the church is more or less refusing to surrender its values to him — specifically regarding the “serious evil” that is the mass genocide of the unborn, which Biden supports without hesitation.
Biden’s political positions diverge sharply from Catholic teachings, and church leaders are aware of that fact. In being true to themselves and their faith, many Catholics, apparently led by leaders such as the outspoken Naumann, are not placing Biden above their own convictions.