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Joe Biden’s Catholic Conundrum

AMAC Exclusive by Seamus Brennan

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As only the second president in American history to be elected as a Catholic, Joe Biden’s open embrace of abortion on-demand, gender ideology, and birth control mandates for Catholic nuns has proved puzzling for many Americans. But for U.S. Catholic Bishops, for American Catholics broadly, and for the Church’s witness in the world, Biden’s willing participation in what the Catholic Church considers to be grave moral evils presents a much deeper problem. The notion of a president who holds himself out as a Catholic and regularly receives the Eucharist—or Holy Communion—at Mass, yet departs from Church teaching has yielded a profound source of confusion about what exactly it means to be Catholic.

 To begin to address this issue, the Catholic Bishops of the United States held a three-day virtual meeting in June, during which Biden was mentioned by name or referenced several times. Bishops described the predicament of having a Catholic president who openly challenges Catholic teaching as an “unprecedented situation in the country.” One Bishop decried the situation of “a Catholic president that’s doing the most aggressive thing we’ve ever seen in terms of this attack on life when it’s most innocent.”

 At the conclusion of the meeting, the Bishops agreed to prepare a “teaching document” on “the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.” The Eucharist, as understood by the Church, is “the source and summit of the Christian life” and is believed by Catholics to consist of the physical Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. For all of the Church’s history, reception of the Eucharist has signaled both communion with the Catholic Church and a full acceptance of the Church’s authority to teach on faith and morals.

 It is only natural that the American Bishops would focus on the meaning of the Eucharist in the context of Biden’s flouting of Church teaching. After all, for the Bishops to clarify how the Catholic Church understands the Eucharist will help to clarify how the Catholic Church understands itself. Some Catholics are calling for priests and Bishops to deny the Eucharist to Biden precisely because they believe Biden has set himself apart from the Church—clearly and undeniably. From this point of view, to continue to give Biden communion would be for the Church to forsake its own identity and mission in the world.

 Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the head of the U.S. Bishops, put it this way: “As bishops, our desire is to deepen our people’s awareness of this great mystery of faith, and to awaken their amazement at this divine gift, in which we have communion with the living God. That is our pastoral purpose in writing this document.”

 Within an hour of the U.S. Bishops’ decision to draft a teaching document, 60 Catholic Democrat Members of Congress responded. “We solemnly urge you to not move forward and deny this most holy of all sacraments, the source and the summit of the whole work of the gospel over one issue,” the Members wrote.

Appealing to the “primacy of conscience” over the Church’s “moral leadership,” the 60 Catholic Democrats claim that abortion opponents fail “to reflect and encompass the depth and complexity of these issues.”

 Yet, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church unequivocally states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”

 Despite the willingness of the 60 Catholic Democrats to challenge it, the authority of the Catholic Church and its two millennia of unalterable moral teaching—and now once again reaffirmed by the U.S. Bishops—are not susceptible to ebbs and flows of the social, cultural, and political spheres of American life. If the “primacy of conscience,” as the Democrats write, is to be upheld over the “moral leadership” of the Church itself, what good is any moral law? Indeed, if the dictates of the conscience rule above all else, why subscribe to any religious tradition or any set of moral precepts?

Following the release of the Democrats’ statement, one of its signatories, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), tweeted: “Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion.” In response to a question about when human life begins, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed that “over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition.” Likewise, Senator and former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine (D-VA), also a Catholic, indicated that he has “a traditional Catholic personal position” on abortion, but is “very strongly supportive that women should make these decisions and government shouldn’t intrude.” In response to the Bishops’ statement, Biden brushed it aside as “a private matter.”

 But the Catholic Church has never understood its Christian witness as “private,” nor has it ever sanctioned the idea that Catholics can hold contrasting sets of values in their so-called “private” and “public” lives. By embodying values and supporting policies that run directly contrary to the Church’s timeless moral teachings, Biden, the 60 signatories of Congressional Democrats, and other pro-abortion Catholics are sowing confusion among American Catholics and non-Catholics alike about Church teaching and what their faith represents. They are engaged in what the Church defines as scandal, and as such, are hindering the Church’s ability to carry out its ultimate duty, which is to save souls and bring people to eternal salvation.

 Though the relationship between Catholicism and American politics has long been complicated, Catholic politicians play an indispensable role in molding Americans’ views of Catholicism in public life. And by openly rebuking what his Church clearly teaches, President Biden is doing a tremendous disservice to his country, to his faith, and to the tens of millions of Catholics he claims to represent.

 

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Bernard J Pokorski
2 months ago

I am a “Southern Baptist” and I was raised as a fCatholic, which included nine years of Catholic schooling, and my having been a Catholic Altar Boy” who helped the priests with conducting the Catholic Mass” and “ Benediction Worship services, all that I can say is that The Catholic Church should “Excommunicate” Joe Biden and his Cohorts who condone and support these heinous sins against God.

Sherrylees
2 months ago

Amen! He needs to be excommunicated and empeached Just get rid of him.
Sounds like our government now wants to take on the Catholic church…..bring it on!!!!

Elrita
2 months ago

Abortion is a sin and anyone who approves of abortion openly as Biden does commits a grave sin.

Jorge
2 months ago

Biden, Pelosi – those 60 “catholic” democrats, and pro-abortion “catholics”, are NOT Catholics. Just like many of them claim to be “American” yet deny the nation’s history, traditions, disdain the flag and what it stands for, and support Socialist and Marxist values instead; they are nothing more than traitors. The Church for decades has been infiltrated by evil-doers, such as the homosexual pedophiles, that obviously don’t follow the teachings of Christ, but are on a mission to take down the Church. Just like our own government and institutions are being taken over by evil communists, so has the Church. Kneel to Pray, and Stand up to Fight!

Tony
2 months ago
Reply to  Jorge

Well said Jorge. These democrats are not Catholics. They are hypocrites. We are all sinners but true Catholics still strive to live a life style taught by Jesus through the Catholic Church. Pray for our enemies, our country and our Church. Division in the Church and wolves in sheep’s clothing are taking away many of the weak and uneducated in their faith as they will follow along with no idea of what they are to stand for.

Lee
2 months ago

How could ANYONE claim to follow the Catholic beliefs and still support such anti Catholic issues?To take Holy Communion and support abortion, for example, is not only hypocritical but, blasphemous.Abortion being the most blatant of all issues as it is clearly brutaly murdering the most precious and innocent of all life.

Ed J
2 months ago

Has Biden set himself apart from the Catholic Church and its teachings? Of course he has! As the saying goes, “This should be intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer!” His views and public posture on so many of these issues is diametrically in opposition to the teachings of the Church, and blatantly so. If the Bishops had any balls, they would summarily and unanimously deny him Holy Communion. And for many Catholics, excommunication would not be uncalled for.
 
What next from Biden? Will President Joe DeMentia be issuing an Executive Order soon that will require the Ten Commandments herein and forever after be referred to only as the Ten Suggestions?

Sherrylees
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

Biden and his administration will just destroy the Ten Commandments and burn Bibles.

Jeff Fellmeth
2 months ago

Jesus did not judge the woman accused of adultery; however, he did tell her to “sin no more.”

Jorge
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Fellmeth

Thanks Jeff. Crazy leftist ALWAYS leave out “sin no more”. In their minds Jesus was partying it up every night with hookers, LGBTQXYZ and drug dealers.

J. Shenk
2 months ago

I’m reminded of a bumper sticker I’d seen in the Washington D.C. metro area years ago—“Pro-abortion or Catholic? Choose one.”

Ester
2 months ago

These are the sign of times which JESUS is telling us in the Bible. Some of us will be put in prison, some of us will be killed, some of us will be persecuted because of our belief in JESUS and HIS teaching. Stand firm. We need to repent and pray always.

Mike B.
2 months ago

Whatever you believe . . . against, or for abortion, the Catholic Church has its problems. What makes me angry is when the Catholic Church gets political. They need to be taxed if you’re going to make a political statement , and side with a politician. The Catholic Church should be ashamed of themselves for the things they’ve done in the past, and what they’re doing now. I was raised a Catholic. Attended a Catholic grade school, and High school. Thank God nothing happened to me , or any of my classmates that I know of in that time we attended . Karma’s a bitch, and these politicians have to meet their maker sooner , or later . We all do .

Jeff Fellmeth
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike B.

The Catholic Church is not being political, they are expressing their Constitutional Rights of Freedom of Speech

Ed J
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike B.

Obviously, the substance of your Catholic education didn’t take!

Tony
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike B.

Hey why don’t u look up the statistics about what you are referring to. You are more likely to have something happen to you, as you state it, by a family member or school official then a member of the religious community. The Church does have its problems because the church is made up of sinners. Jesus came to save the sinners not the righteous. Tax the church and who will make up the difference that will be paid in taxes that would have gone to the needy throughout the world. Will you volunteer to give money to the poor.

Art
2 months ago

Bishop Gomez and the other cowards didn’t confront the issue. They did produce a “paper” to clarify the issue of abortion. Take that Joey!

Elysummers
2 months ago

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), tweeted: “Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion.”  Well I’ve actually seen it done. What would Lieu do if the Priest refused?

AmericanIcon
2 months ago

Not being a Catholic I view this impartially, but it seems to me that if he so blatantly violates the doctrines of the Catholic Church, he should be denied any ‘benefits’ or privileges of the Church.

Ccl
2 months ago
Reply to  AmericanIcon

Amen.

Ed J
2 months ago
Reply to  AmericanIcon

Precisely!

Buttercup12
2 months ago

Re abortion: Women should make this decision

Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Buttercup12

Buttercup12,
You put God, on the shelve.

Worshipper of Molech,
Your theology is a wreck.

What used to be a safe place to reside,
Has become the devil’s den of homicide.

”Mommy!” Your child’s movement is beckoning,
God is just and there’s a day of reckoning.

If guilty, there’s forgiveness from the loving God,
First, trust JESUS atonement, give your heart a nod.

God in the flesh – AMAZING LOVE!!!
Unfathomed from above!!!

Since, Jesus Christ is God, salvation was achieved,
Eternal life is promised to all who have believed! ! !

”As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;
so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
JOHN 3:14-16

Maryann
2 months ago

Life begins at conception. Did Pelosi ever take Biology? She’s been saying this for years. Maybe she’s forgotten that all life is sacred even the unborn

Robert
2 months ago

This article is exactly following how church teaching and the science of embryology see when life starts.

JOHN
2 months ago

President “Puss for Brains” and his Indian Princess “Spread Eagle” is actually worse if you can believe that?

Ed J
2 months ago
Reply to  JOHN

Gee, Indian Princess “Spread Eagle” should have been stated in its full unabridged version, Indian Princess “Spread Eagle for the Whole Flock!”

Karen
2 months ago

Hey Joe…..Wouldn’t wanna be you when you meet your maker. You and Pelosi are the worst Catholics and you WILL suffer the consequences. Money and power are not the way to please God. I wish you nothing but bad luck.

JOHN
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Karen, I would not worry too much about that because The Bodyguard of Lies is already in League with The Evil ONE!

Ed J
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

I expect that Satan has already made provisions to seat these two on the right and left sides of his “throne.” Gee, imaging these three ruling their ultimate realm together. Oops, guess I forgot. These three are already misruling our country here and now, with the results being little more than a preview of Hell!

VIETNAM VET 67-68
2 months ago

I AM GOING TO GET A LOT OF FLACK FROM THIS BUT I DON’T CARE !! THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS A CULT OF EVIL THAT PRODUCES PEDOPHILES AND THE CHURCH HAS JOINED THE LIKES OF HITLER TURNING OVER JEWS IN WWII AND HELPING THE MAFIA IN ITALY !! SO PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT !! THEY HAVE HIDDEN IN UNDERGROUND CHAMBERS NUNS HOLDING BABIES ALL DEAD, THIS HAPPENED IN ST. LOUIS TURN OF THE LAST CENTURY THIS WAS DISCOVERED WHILE THEY WERE BUILDING THE GRAND AVE. ROAD WHEN IT COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE ROAD WORKING MACHINERY, WAS IN THE ST. LOUIS PAPERS FOR ONE DAY AND THEN DISAPPEARED !! SORRY, I LOVE GOD BUT THE RELIGIONS OUT THERE ARE NOT FOR ME !! WAS RAISED LUTHERAN BUT GAVE UP ON THEM BY THE TIME I WAS 14 YRS OLD. !! VIETNAM VET 67-68

JOHN
2 months ago

Using ALL CAPS, does not make your point more important… just LOUD!

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Ben
2 months ago

Vietnam Vet 67-68, although I can appreciate your service to your country, you should get your facts straight. Approximately 80% of the verifiable sexual abuse in the Catholic Church involved post-pubescent males. In other words, it was homosexuality and not pedophilia. Your other claims are also easily debunked if you actually research your assertions as opposed to making vague claims seemingly supported by MSM and Catholic haters. Many religion haters, Catholic or otherwise, bear their animosity because they resent imposed morality, personal responsibility, and/or self restraint.

Nick
2 months ago
Reply to  Ben

The word you’re looking for is neither homosexuality nor pedophilia; it’s rape. Catholic priests have been raping children for centuries and they still are, and they are being protected at the highest levels of the church.

Vietnam Vet 70-73
1 month ago

Like most Americans I respect your right to free speech, Vietnam Vet 67-68. thanks for your service to our Country. I hope in return you can respect my right to free speech. Catholics like Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty did help the Jews during WWII. Monsignor Flaherty help hide over 4,000 Jews in and round Rome from the Germans. (see movie about it called “The Scarlet and the Black”). Nazis were killing Catholic priests, along with other Christian leaders, Lutheran, etc. besides just Jews.

MJC
2 months ago

He’s a lying jackass who has told so many lies he can’t see his own evil. Maybe Hell will wake him up. Pelosi too!

Jorge L Rios
2 months ago

Comunists don’t beleive in God or any other Devine Being. They beleive THEY are the Devine Being and all people should look UP to them for guidance, and everyones faith should be focussed on them. That is why they outlaw churches in comunist contries and attending religious or prayer services is not allowed, the comunist leaders ARE all the people should have faith in and that is to be the ONLY religion.

JohnH
2 months ago
Reply to  Jorge L Rios

Getting rid of religion is one of Communist goals to take over a country. They are happy that USA has taken prayer out of schools & the fighting over taking down 10-commandment statues. The USA foundation was based as a religious nation & that is why it has been so great for 200-years.

Ccl
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnH

Well, since Madeline Murray O’Hare is dead, we should bring prayer back to school.

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Ccl

CCL, I like your post,
But the Bible, first and foremost!

From coast to coast,
Or it’s evident, we are toast!

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