• Courageous Priest Refuses Pro-Choice Biden Communion — Takes Some Heat for It

    Surge Summary: A gutsy Catholic priest refused Communion to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this past Sunday, owing to the politician’s pro-choice endorsements. Some people are scandalized at the sight of a church acting like a church ought to act.

    This past Sunday, Joe Biden went to church in Florence, South Carolina, but the Roman Catholic Democratic presidential candidate was denied Holy Communion. Come to think of it, perhaps we should reverse that descriptor and identify him as a Democratic Roman Catholic presidential candidate: his political evolutions inarguably demonstrate he prioritizes his political party over his religious faith. He knows he can never be the Democrats’ choice to run against Donald Trump in 2020 unless he sells out comprehensively to their radical, pro-abortion platform. So … that’s what he’s done.

    Kate Seamons/Newser explains more:

    The priest who denied him the sacrament is explaining why, and it all boils down to Biden’s abortion stance.

    As “a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations,” Fr. Robert Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church told the Morning News via email. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”

    Morey added that “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.”

    Like many an ambitious member of the Donkey Party, Biden’s views have been all over the place, finally resolving themselves into an obsequious compromise that removes all protection from the helpless, unborn child.

    In 1974 he said he didn’t “think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body,” but this year he described his current view: that abortion is something to be decided on by a “woman and her doctor.” USA Today reports that in 2007 he wrote that he is personally opposed to it but unwilling to force that view onto others. CNN reports Biden was asked about the incident Tuesday on MSNBC and simply said, “I am not going to discuss that. That is just my personal life.” (In June Biden changed his stance on federal funding for abortion.)

     For those trashing the courageous RC cleric who turned aside the now- “pro-choice” former senator/vice president: nobody is forcing Biden to participate in membership in the Catholic Church. As Jonathan Morris recently noted on a Fox News discussion, if the seventy-six-year-old politician can’t abide his denomination’s position opposing the killing of pre-born human beings, well … there’s nothing hindering him from attending a pro-baby-slaughtering church down the street instead. But to insist the man has a right to claim fellowship with a specific spiritual body of believers while repudiating one of their cardinal tenets? Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

    The refusal of communion is admittedly a harsh, but desperately necessary, measure from a representative of the Church: Hey, Joe! Wake up! You are acting as accessory to a violation of God’s law.

    Those others, including Roman Catholics and certain sniveling Church officials, who are publicly denouncing Father Morey’s decision apparently don’t understand “church” is designed to be about more than patting people on the head and telling them how wonderful they are. There’s this idea of exposing, denouncing and warning against sin – particularly from a religious organization’s spiritual “shepherds” — that is supposed to figure into its work at some point.

    Good for Robert Morey – who stands an embodiment of resolute principle, in a world increasingly composed of moral jello.

    H/T: Kate Seamons/Newser

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