- Apr 7, 2020
Pro-life Democrats ponder their participation in 2020 primaries.
Despite blizzard conditions throughout central Iowa this past weekend, four of the major candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Elizabeth Warren — crisscrossed Iowa touting their plans for education, healthcare, foreign policy, and more, in what they argue is the most consequential presidential election in the nation’s history.
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.