Recently Joe Biden has come under fire from several clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church over his stance on abortion.
For instance, Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that Biden is not in good standing with the Catholic Church due to his pro-abortion views and therefore should not receive communion when attending mass. In addition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that Biden’s views on abortion and other issues would advance moral evils and threaten human life.
The White House responded by saying that Biden is a devout Catholic when it comes to the issue of abortion.
But it is highly likely that Biden is one of the following types of Catholics, which are listed in John Zmirak’s book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism:
- A bad Catholic: someone who reluctantly admits that the teachings of the
Catholic Church are probable, and thus obeys them to be on the safe side.
- A liberal Catholic: someone who tries to (or probably advocates) the altering of church teachings to suit his or her beliefs. Tim Kaine might be a good example since he predicted back in 2016 that the Catholic Church would accept same-sex marriages.
- A cafeteria Catholic: someone who picks and chooses from the Catholic Church’s non-negotiable teachings on faith and morals, based on what seems right to their private consciences that were formed by the secular culture, their own urgent desires, and the writings of disaffected Jesuits and radical nuns who choose to read the works of Karl Marx, Carl Rogers, or Carl Jung instead of Thomas Aquinas.
At any rate, Biden (and other liberal Catholics such as Nancy Pelosi) should not be receiving communion given their views on abortion. But apparently it is up to their parish priest or even the diocesan bishop to decide on this matter, although their superiors (either it be an archbishop, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Raymond Burke, or even Pope Francis) could tell them to deny communion to Biden and other pro-abortion Catholics. And what if a Eucharistic Minister (a member of a parish who assists the parish priest in distributing communion) denies communion to Biden?
Meanwhile, various Catholic bishops across America have criticized Biden’s Executive Order on banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation- an executive order dealing with transgender rights, particularly when it comes to the issue of males who identify as females wanting to participate in girls’ sports. Such criticism is based on the principle of those who allow for sexual differences and believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
It should be noted Biden once presided over a same-sex marriage despite the Catholic Church’s condemnation of homosexuality.
So what will church officials do? Will they enforce the rules (i.e. confront Biden, Pelosi, and other liberal Catholics on these matters, remind them of church teachings), or will they give Biden and his fellow liberal Catholics a free pass?