Priest denies communion to pro-abortion Biden

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden received more negative coverage during his 2020 campaign over the weekend, when a Catholic church in South Carolina refused to serve him Holy Communion because of his advocacy of abortion.

The denial was confirmed by the priest of Saint Anthony Catholic Church, Robert E. Morey, on Monday afternoon – after Biden, who has been a Catholic since birth, attended Mass the previous day.

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey emailed the Morning News. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.”

Morey stressed how influential members of the Catholic Church must be responsible to reflect and advocate godly positions when it comes to moral biblical issues. He contended that Biden must take the biblical stance against abortion and advocate the sanctity of human life – even if he stands to lose votes over it.

“Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” Morey argued. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”

Dancing around the issue

Even though the Democratic Party is devoutly pro-abortion, Biden has been very careful in the way he addresses his personal views and political stance on abortion – most recently wavering in his take on the issue this summer in order to try and stay on top in the race against candidates with radical pro-abortion stances.

“Biden has said several times over his decades in public service that he is personally opposed to abortion but does not feel it is his right to impose his view on others,” the Morning News recounted. “He was also a longtime supporter of the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits federal tax dollars being spent on abortion services – but changed his mind this summer amid pressure from progressive groups.”

Biden’s major flip-flop in June came at a time when he felt the heat from left-leaning candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as they closed the gap on his lead by pandering socialist and far-left policies – including radical pro-abortion stances.

“In June, his campaign told NBC News that the candidate supported the 1976 Hyde Amendment that prevents federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger,” the Morning News’ Matthew Christian noted. “This put Biden at odds with many of the other candidates for the Democratic nomination. Days later, he said at a gala in Atlanta that he did not support the amendment.”

But when he ran as former President Barack Obama’s running mate to win a second term, Biden took a whole different approach to the controversial hot-button issue.

“Biden has said he supports codifying Roe. v. Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court decision that allows a pregnant woman to have an abortion without excessive government restriction – into statute but also said at a vice presidential debate in 2012 that he is personally opposed to abortion but does not want to impose that belief on others,” Christian recalled.

News reports have documented the fact that Biden has repositioned himself on abortion numerous times throughout his long political career, as he appears to acclimate his views on abortion in order to get the votes and remain in office.

"[Biden] has wrestled publicly with abortion policy for decades," the Daily Mail recollected.

Previous warning

Morey is not the only Catholic priest who has taken Biden’s unbiblical stance on abortion seriously, as this was not the first time the lifelong Democrat was warned that unless he changes his abortion stance to pro-life, he will be denied communion because he is not at one with God and His Word.

“While Father Morey – a former attorney who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy before becoming a priest – did not go into greater detail as to why he denied Communion to Biden, at least one other member of the clergy threatened to do so many years ago,” TheBlaze reported.

The previous incident took place the same year Biden was campaigning for his second term as vice president alongside Obama, who had been dubbed “the abortion president” by family advocate and ministry leader Dr. James Dobson.

Bishop Michael Sherdan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs was very vocal about what he would do if Biden stepped into his church to attend Mass – and wanting to partake in the sacraments – while campaigning with Obama back in 2012.

"He should know – and I would do everything I could do to make sure that he knows – he ought not to be receiving Communion," Sheridan stressed at the time, according to the Gazette-Telegraph.


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