- Jan 22, 2020
A Catholic priest’s denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing moral debates.
Former Vice President Joe Biden attended the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church Oct. 27 and when he presented himself to receive the Eucharist was refused by the pastor.
Catholic Democrats have often wrestled to reconcile their church’s teachings with their party’s politics. That tension has been especially acute when it comes to abortion.
Now that Joseph Biden has officially tossed his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination as President of the United States, he’s quickly become his party’s presumptive front-runner and the highest-profile Catholic running for office. However, despite frequent visits to the Vatican in the past, he faces serious hurdles from leaders of the U.S. church.
There’s no problem with dissent in Catholicism, which is like a big Italian family, but the hypocrisy of invoking one’s faith to defend positions clearly at odds with Church teaching make politicians such as Tim Kaine, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi hypocrites.
Philadelphia Archbishop says that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have “astonishing flaws” as presidential candidates, a fact he calls “depressing and liberating at the same time” for Catholic voters — liberating, he says, because it’s easier to ignore the “tribal loyalty chants” of both parties.