Joe Biden was recently denied communion by a Catholic priest in South Carolina for his public support of abortion.
Biden and many of his fellow Democrats are all in favor of keeping abortions legal. The Democrats have become so radical on the issue of abortion that some have advocated for the killing of the baby up to the moment of birth. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam took it one step further and supported killing the baby after it was born.
The decision by the South Carolina priest was a controversial one, and many people have been weighing in with their own opinions.
Father Morey, who denied Biden communion, defended his decision by saying:
“Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,”
The Catholic church says the following about abortion in the 1983 Code of Canon Law:
“Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”
Pope Benedict XIV once remarked that “Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
Despite his support for abortion, Biden isn’t radical enough for his competitors for the Democratic nomination.
Fox News reported, “Biden faced backlash on the campaign trail in June from rival 2020 Democrats who criticized his previous support as a senator for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to subsidize abortions except for cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is endangered by a fetus—a notion some of his campaign rivals fear has a disproportionate impact on minority communities.
Biden reversed his stance on the controversial piece of legislation, saying he ‘can no longer support an amendment that makes “a woman’s right to an abortion ‘dependent on someone’s ZIP code.’
The issue of abortion has been a hot one this past year. New York State passed legislation that allows abortion up until the point of birth and other states like Georgia and Alabama have passed legislation that effectively bans abortion.
Those laws are likely to be challenged in the court system with an outside chance that Roe V. Wade may be litigated again in the United States Supreme Court.
Joe Biden has been having a rough month and being denied communion has added to his embarrassment.