Is Biden Really a Good Catholic?

SELMA, AL - MARCH 01: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a worship event at the Brown Chapel AME Church on March 1, 2020 in Selma, Alabama. Biden is campaigning before voting starts on Super Tuesday, March 3. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

There is an old adage that one should never discuss politics or religion. Perhaps that is because both tend to be based on beliefs rather than empiricism. Regardless of the admonition, I will jump headlong into a subject that is both political and religious. I enter such dangerous ground only because the issue of religious devotion has been raised repeatedly by and about President Biden, especially when it comes to his stance on abortion.

Before I slip my toes into that cultural tarpit, some explanation is necessary. I am a firm believer in the biblical warning to “judge not, least ye be judged.” Nothing I say should be interpreted as any claims as to where Biden will spend eternity – if there is an eternity for us. I personally believe in an after-life existence, but not so much in the religiously claimed loci of a Heaven and a Hell.

Like Biden, I was raised Catholic.  Unlike Biden, I left the Church of Rome when I realized Catholic dogma and my personal beliefs were increasingly incompatible.  Unlike Biden, I am pro-life, but not based on religious devotion.   But that is the issue where politics and religion – especially Catholicism – come into conflict.

The news media has played up Biden’s religious underpinnings – and his fealty to the Catholic Church.  Biden, himself, tends to wear his religion on his sleeve.  He is said to attend Mass frequently – maybe regularly.  He has looked to his Church as a source of spiritual and emotional inspiration and healing – especially when tragedy has struck his family.  And that is admirable.

But then there is that pesky issue of abortion.

Biden is as pro-abortion as a politician can get.  Oh, he may finesse the issue with that “I am personally opposed, but I will not impose my religious views on society.”  That is political double-talk.  Abortion is not exclusively a religious issue.  It is also a secular moral issue.  Many – such as mine – come to our positions on abortion by secular logic.  You either support or oppose abortion.

The Catholic Church is unequivocal in its opposition to abortion-on-demand with just a couple of extreme exceptions.  In the view of the Church, having or supporting abortions is a major mortal sin.  Left unrepentant, it leaves the sinner condemned to Hell – if there is such a place.

It is such a serious violation of Church membership that some Catholic clergy and theologians have said that it results in automatic excommunication from the Body of Christ.

There have been many instances in which pro-abortion Catholics have been denied the sacrament of Holy Communion.

One might recall when Senator John Kerry was running for President, three Catholic bishops announced that they would deny Kerry Holy Communion because of his staunch support for abortion.  It was perceived to be such a problem for Kerry that he sought out Washington’s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to seek a more favorable opinion.

He got it.  McCarrick said that a Catholic can be in agreement on one matter and not another.  McCarrick was wrong.  Abortion is not just one matter over another.  The Catholic Church has officially declared it a deal-breaker – even though a number of bishops and even popes have wavered on taking a stand for political reasons.  Chicago’s Cardinal Bernadine was notorious for his refusals to address the younger Mayor Richard M. Daley’s pro-abortion position.  His father – Mayor Richard J. – was religiously anti-abortion.

McCarrick was the right guy to ask since he was not exactly into upholding Catholic doctrine.  He was eventually defrocked for sexually abusing minors and seducing seminarians.

Since Biden has given such importance in his Catholic faith, inquiring about abortion seems fair.

The question could be put to both Biden and Catholic clergy – but that is not likely since the media is more concerned with protecting him on that issue than exposing him.  And that is because the vast majority of the news folks are pro-abortion – even such prominent Catholics as CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

One could ask Pope Francis since he has lots of opinions about America’s leaders and policies.

He could take a strong stand for the Church he heads – but he will not.  If asked, he would likely dismiss the question by saying he does not want to meddle in American politics – at least not anything that would push against the radical leftwing politics the Peronist Pope tends to support.

Personally, I have no problem defending my pro-life position.  I can disagree with Biden, and still not be disrespectful of his abortion views.  But I do not have a lot of respect for an institution that leads the religious opposition to abortion and then does not enforce its own rules.  The Church talks the talk but does not walk the walk.

Biden does not have to be pro-life.

It is just that he cannot have it both ways — simultaneously supporting abortion-on-demand and at the same time claiming, for political benefit, to be a Catholic-in-good-standing.  If Biden wants to maintain his pro-abortion position, he should leave the Catholic Church.  I left the Church over incompatibilities far less critical to membership than Biden.

Will the media ever raise the question?  Will Catholic clergy deny Biden Holy Communion as they did Kerry?  Stay tuned.

So, there ‘tis.

24 Comments on this post.
  • Tom
    23 January 2021 at 8:53 pm
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    No more a Catholic than Stalin was. He will be facing a judgement that will have him on his knees begging for forgiveness.

    • Lyle J Hulinsky
      24 January 2021 at 6:29 am
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      I would agree with that.

    • Jeanne
      25 January 2021 at 9:34 pm
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      Biden does not appear to be a Catholic in good standing despite the clasp of his reverant hands or calling upon the Lord at other times. He has another man’s devorced wife, as well. All of these are outward signs and no one really cares about his real standing in the Church. It is between God and himself but just cut out the theatrics, Mr. Biden, and think like a president of our Republic.

  • Annette
    23 January 2021 at 8:56 pm
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    He believes in abortion and a true Catholic does not! And his priest should not give him holy communion!

    • Susanne
      23 January 2021 at 11:26 pm
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      Both Biden and Pelosi are embarrassments to any one calling him or herself a Catholic, not only for their support of abortion, but other actions as well. Biden committing treason by accepting money from a foreign country for reasons that put the safety of our country at risk, and Pelosi lying constantly, harranging, bullying, and pursuing President Trump even now, expressly to keep him from being able to run for a federal office, are not examples of a « good » Catholic. She is a hateful, malicious, arrogant person, whose only reason for acting as she does is to ruin President Trump’s life. She is EVIL personified.

      • Caren
        27 January 2021 at 1:07 pm
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        He is not a proper catholic. He should convert to a Protestant faith that accepts abortion as sometimes necessary. The Catholic Church should expel him or at least refuse him communion and confession.

  • Robert
    23 January 2021 at 9:03 pm
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    How can you be a good catholic and support killing millions of babies before there born

  • CheR
    23 January 2021 at 9:03 pm
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    Heck No

  • Peter
    23 January 2021 at 9:28 pm
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    Biden’s Alzheimers nullifies any requirements that he has to be a Catholic.

  • Maggietish
    23 January 2021 at 10:08 pm
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    One can say that they have a religion and practice that religion but the reality is do they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Too many like Biden, and Pelosi talk a good game but they don’t walk the walk. They just don’t approve of abortion but they advocated and support it up to and including the time of birth of a child. The church and certainly Jesus teaches that we should be good to our fellow man and that’s something that Biden and Pelosi don’t have a clue about and obviously don’t care. It’s all about political power for them regardless of who they hurt how much they betrayed us nation of the American people how much corruption are involved in, etc. it’s not up for me to judge either one of them but they will face judgment with the Lord on judgment day and the fact that they don’t have clearly any conscience about what they’ve done and are doing and they have no guilt. They are not only attempting to destroy this country but they’re attempting to destroy the American peoples lives and look at how many lives they have destroyed already. Do they truly believe that they’re not going to have to answer for that, seriously? Interesting that President Biden is talking about all the roll out that he’s going to do a better coronavirus vaccines but all he’s doing is plagiarizing as he did when he was campaigning the fact that President Trump had to put all that into place including the distribution and it’s the governors in the states that are screwing it up badly because those democratically controlled states the governors clearly have no regard for the people because all the politicians took care of themselves and make sure they got The vaccine when there are people dying waiting for it. The reason President Biden hasn’t said anything definitively about his plans for the vaccinations to be completed it’s because he can’t use President Trump script anymore he have to come up with an original idea and that obviously is impossible for him.

  • Kay Pirkle
    23 January 2021 at 10:28 pm
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    Biden isnt a good anything except a liar, let alone a good catholic.

  • bettybee
    23 January 2021 at 10:29 pm
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    biden should be communicated from the Catholic church

    • Susanne
      23 January 2021 at 11:27 pm
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      You mean to say excommunicated. And I agree

    • LoIs
      24 January 2021 at 1:22 am
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      He needs to be EXCOMMUNICATED. HE IS for abortion.
      Weak Catholic leaders won’t cut their ties with Biden and Pelosi.
      They have big buck and are paying for the attention.
      Church should follow ALL THE RULES or don’t have any!

  • Mike
    23 January 2021 at 10:37 pm
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    Well Sean I guess that you don’t remember that rules are Only for conservatives. Biden and all democrats are totally exempt from all rules and laws. This is what makes them so popular. Silly boy!

  • Jimbo
    23 January 2021 at 11:59 pm
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    It’s totally true that Joe must decide where he stands. It’s like proclaiming the Bible as God’s word while conducting a Bible burning ritual. Just can’t have it both ways. As Joe says, “come on man, give me a break”

  • Captain cross
    24 January 2021 at 1:41 am
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    This guy doesn’t even know what a Psalm is or how to pronounce it. Sanctity of life is a Catholic belief.

  • Michele
    24 January 2021 at 1:51 am
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    Biden is by no stretch of the imagination a Catholic!! Abortion is the cut off and by his actions, he has cut himself off!! There is no gray line!

  • Leona
    24 January 2021 at 2:54 am
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    Biden does not speak for the Catholic Church nor for any Christian when he supports the very deaths of life that he has no power over. He is to lead us to survive, thrive and unify as one Body. He is mortally wrong in supporting the cessation of a scientifically, medically and spiritually sound human being at any stage of development especially when the Catholic Church proclaims that no man has the power to abort a soul. If he can dispose of such an innocent he has the mindset to turn against any human.

  • Sherry
    24 January 2021 at 3:08 am
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    He is not Catholic because of his stance on abortion

  • Tony
    24 January 2021 at 3:10 am
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    Biden is no different than Pelosi both evil

  • Nathan
    24 January 2021 at 9:52 am
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    I’m not Catholic but if old Joe $%@#& is supporting abortion he is not a true Catholic wake up and get the hell over yourself and put America first Joe Shithead

  • Donald Pooters
    25 January 2021 at 1:26 am
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    Sean, in your column regarding Hell ‘Left unrepentant, it leaves the sinner condemned to Hell – if there is such a place.” Hell is real and is what separates true Catholics from those that lie about their belief. They are separated from God and Jesus and therefore are in Hell.

  • Pat
    26 January 2021 at 8:53 pm
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