Joe Biden continues to claim that he is a “devout Catholic.” The mainstream media unquestioningly accepts the story that Biden has been deeply formed by his faith. Yet, blatant examples of Biden disregarding and rejecting the teachings of the Catholic Church abound. Most notably, Biden has become increasingly radical in his anti-Life position, advocating for taxpayer-funded abortion and abortion without restrictions.
Recently, Biden rejected faith and science by proclaiming that he does not believe Life begins at conception. This is not simply a matter of personal opinion but a matter of scientific fact and serious moral weight. The fact that Life undeniably begins at conception motivated Pro-Life Texans to ensure the passage of the Texas Heartbeat Act that protects preborn babies from the time they have a detectable heartbeat. In response to this protection of innocent human Life, the Biden administration sued Texas to try to block the law.
For abortion radicalism like this, Biden has faced criticism from faithful Catholics, including faithful bishops who have tried to publicly censure him for his continued public support and advancement of the moral evil of abortion. So far, efforts to deny Communion to Biden because of his extreme anti-Life position contrary to Church teaching have failed. The decision has been left to the local bishop.
Biden’s local bishop, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, has continued to allow Communion for Biden. In recent weeks, however, even Gregory has stated in interviews that Biden is not accurately presenting Church teaching and that abortion is a grave moral evil. Gregory told Crux, “The Catholic Church teaches, and has taught, that human life begins at conception, so the president is not demonstrating Catholic teaching.” He added, “Our church has not changed its position on the immorality of abortion. I don’t see how we could because we believe that every human life is sacred.”
When Biden was elected, Gregory issued a statement that Biden received Communion as vice-president under Obama and Gregory would continue that policy. This cowardly decision to keep the status quo ignores the blatant and ongoing assault on innocent human Life under Biden’s leadership.
Most of the time, the mainstream media looks the other way and ignores the obvious inconsistencies between Biden’s self-proclaimed faith and his political positions, not to mention the unrelenting abortion radicalism of his presidential administration. Occasionally, persistent protesters and reporters have confronted Biden and his handlers to the point that the administration has had to address direct queries about the president’s faith.
When the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced a direct question about Biden’s faith and abortion, she talked about abortion and did not have anything to say about his supposed faith. Psaki told EWTN reporter Owen Jensen, “Well, he believes that it’s a woman’s right, it’s a woman’s body, and it’s her choice.” Predictably, the radical abortion supporters try to shield themselves behind “women’s rights.” But, of course, the focus of the question is the woman’s child, the innocent human Life and the rights of the person in the womb.
Biden has yet to comment on the recent questions about his faith. In the past, Biden dodged questions about his Catholic faith with general statements and simplifications. He told the Christian Science Monitor when he was running for president in 2008, “This is my church as much as it is the church of a cardinal, bishop, or janitor, and I’m not going anywhere.” While that makes for a good soundbite for friendly media cronies, Christianity is not a democracy and the Truth cannot be overruled.
Other times, Biden has met criticism with bravado, saying in a speech in 2005, “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.” What more do you need to know about Biden’s supposed faith?
As Pro-Life pundits have noted, Biden has made clear that his commitment is to the legal killing of the preborn first, and his Catholic faith cannot compete with that.