He was not expecting this…
A Catholic priest in South Carolina allegedly applied the church’s canon law code by refusing the sacrament of Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden because of his stance on abortion.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church told SCNOW. “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.”
“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey added.
Over the weekend Biden held a town hall meeting in Florence’s Wilson High School. His campaign did not confirm if he had visited the church to the news outlet, suggesting he had done so in a private capacity.
During each Mass, Catholic doctrine states that wafer and wine become the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ when a priest consecrates it while retaining its original form — a process known as transubstantiation. For a Christian to receive Communion, after completing the Sacrament of Confession, they must be in a state of grace. If a Catholic believes that they are not in a state of grace, generally by reason of conscience, they must withdraw from Holy Communion. When it comes to people who publicly oppose Catholic teaching (such as politicians who support abortion), under Canon Law, bishops and priests are granted full permission to refuse the offender Holy Communion until they confess, that they commit the sin of sacrilege if they accept what Catholics consider to be Christ’s body and blood unworthily.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood and has continued to maintain the “personally opposed but …” line regarding abortion. When his election kicked off this year, facing criticism from staunch supporters of abortion rights, he changed his multi-year stand in favor of the Hyde amendment by vowing to seek its undo if he became president, rendering it an agency funded by taxpayers.
“The problem is, when in fact there is this enormous pressure and even threat to close down clinics that were available in the past, for women who do not have the funds or are able to have them paid for privately, like they’ve been able to do. That was one thing,” Biden said in June. He explained:
But we now see so many Republican governors denying healthcare for millions of the most poorest [sic] and most vulnerable Americans by refusing even Medicaid expansion, I can’t justify leaving millions of women out of access to care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right. If I believe healthcare is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.
As the U.S. advocacy for abortion escalated during the Trump era, some Catholic bishops took extra steps to warn pro-abortion politicians to refrain from Holy Communion. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, for instance, expressly forbid all priests under his governance to give Holy Communion to politicians that supported the “Reproductive Health Act” in Illinois.