Before the ceremony inaugurating him as the nation’s 46th president, Joe Biden is set to attend mass alongside a handful of Congressional leaders—including the GOP Senate and House minority leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy.
Biden will attend Catholic mass early on Wednesday alongside his fellow Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to LifeSiteNews, which ponders the point of attending mass when Schumer is Jewish, McConnell and McCarthy are Baptists, and Biden and Pelosi exhibit a “longstanding rejection of key Catholic teachings.”
The congressional leaders reportedly accepted invitations to attend mass with Biden at Washington, D.C.’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. President Donald Trump will conclude his term without attending Biden’s inauguration, making him the first president in 150 years not to do so.
LifeSite notes that much attention has been given to the fact that Biden will be only the “second ‘Catholic’ president” U.S. history after John F. Kennedy. The pro-life Catholic outlet points out Biden’s campaign promises of virtually-unlimited taxpayer-funded abortion and immediate acceptance of the so-called “Equality Act” and shredding of certain religious liberties in the name of fighting “hate,” which Elizabeth Johnston has warned readers of all through the 2020 election cycle.
The outlet proceeds to undercut Biden’s fidelity to Catholic teaching, citing a 2015 interview in which he told America Magazine that he was “prepared to accept as a matter of faith” that “at the moment of conception there’s human life and being,” but wasn’t prepared to “impose” a “rigid” or “precise” view on abortion that was “born out of my faith.”
In other words, conception does indeed create a human being, but it’s far too “rigid” and theocratic for Biden to conclude that the precious human being is worthy of basic human rights.
Not all priests and Catholic leaders have been content to sweep Biden’s errors under the rug. Several, including Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver and former Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, have argued that it is “a grave error” to administer the sacrament to Biden while he remains unrepentant.
“By his actions during the course of his public life, Mr. Biden has demonstrated that he is not in full communion with the Catholic Church,” Chaput wrote in December. “To his credit, he has championed many causes and issues that do serve the common good. However, many of his actions and words have also supported or smoothed the way for grave moral evils in our public life that have resulted in the destruction of millions of innocent lives.”
Back in October, Rev. Robert Morey of Morey’s Saint Anthony Catholic Church made the controversial—and in our view, commendable—decision to block Biden from taking communion while he visited the Florence, South Carolina church.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey said at the time, adding that he believes that “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
“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,” he continued. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”
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