On Wednesday, the Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein reported on the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops pondering whether Joe Biden should be allowed to receive the Eucharist, which is believed by Catholics to be the real body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a Washington Post tweet sharing the article, it says, “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights.”
The National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis writes:
Though Boorstein doesn’t refer to Biden as “very Catholic” in the piece, she suggests that it is “powerful to millions of American Catholics” to have “a U.S. president who attends Mass week after week and talks about his faith.”
In reality, Biden’s Catholicism has very little do with whether he attends Mass or talks publicly about being Catholic, as any reporter familiar with Catholic teaching would know. What some leaders and countless Catholics take issue with is Biden’s active support for unlimited elective abortion, funded by the U.S. taxpayer — a set of policies that blatantly contradicts the Church’s unequivocal condemnation of abortion as an intentional act that takes an innocent human life.
Rather than noting the Catholic Church’s non-negotiable teaching in defense of the sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception or explaining that Biden’s position on the subject contradicts his professed faith, Boorstein instead describes his support for abortion merely as “a source of shame” for some American Catholics.
The controversy within the U.S. Catholic Church over Biden’s active pursuit of abortion policies that flout Church teaching has nothing to do with shame or with the “loud right wing of the church,” as Boorstein puts it. And it isn’t, as she suggests, a question of “abortion purity.”
The debate within the Church instead is over whether a Catholic public figure — indeed, the President of the United States — should face public remonstrance for enacting a political agenda that undermines a fundamental principle of the faith he claims to practice.
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