A Catholic Church in South Carolina is making waves after the church’s priest denied Joe Biden from participating in Holy Communion.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” said Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church. “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.”
Communion is one of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. The others are baptism, reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, anointing of the sick and holy orders.
In communion, parishioners receive the Holy Eucharist, a wafer and wine that when consecrated become the body and blood of Jesus, according to Catholic doctrine. In order to receive it, a Catholic must be in the state of grace, have gone to confession since his or her most recent mortal sin, have a belief in the doctrine of transubstantiation (a belief that the wafer and wine become the body and blood of Jesus), observe the Eucharistic fast and not be under censure.
As the priest, Morey has a responsibility to, as scnow.com puts, “to minister to those souls entrusted to his care and that he must do so in even the most difficult situations.”
Biden has gone back and forth on the issue of abortion, claiming that while he wouldn’t want one (he can’t have one, because he’s a guy), he doesn’t believe that he should force his view of “every life is valuable” on others.
“I’ve supported the Hyde Amendment like many, many others have because there was sufficient monies and circumstances where women were able to exercise that right,” the former vice president has said in regards to the amendment, which bans federal money from being used to fund abortions. “But circumstances have changed. I’ve been working through the final details of my healthcare plan like others in this race and I’ve been struggling with the problems that Hyde now presents.”
“I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to care they need and the ability to constitute, exercise their constitutionally protected right. If I believe healthcare is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”
There you have it. Joe Biden supports using tax dollars to fund abortions. The Catholic Church is against abortion. Catholics who support government funded abortion are not following Catholic doctrine, and aren’t allowed to participate in Holy Communion.