Liberal audacity and hypocrisy was on display in the Vatican March 20 as both Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) partook of Communion during Pope Francis I's installation — in spite of their aggressive efforts over the years to keep abortion legal and profitable in the United States. The vice president’s office confirmed that he and Pelosi, who are both confirmed Catholics, took Communion during the Mass at St. Peter’s Square.
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis expressed his opposition to offering communion to politicians who support legalized abortion. “We must adhere to ‘eucharistic coherence,’” he wrote in 2007, “that is, be conscious that [politicians] cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
In a vice presidential debate during last year's presidential campaign, Biden claimed that he is personally opposed to abortion and that he embraces the Church's teaching that life begins at conception. But he insisted that he did not have the right to impose his beliefs on others and supported a woman's right to choose to kill her pre-born baby.
LifeNews.com noted that Biden's own bishop has chastised the vice president for his unbiblical stance on protecting life. In an interview with the Delaware News Journal, Biden claimed that “throughout the Church’s history, we’ve argued between whether or not [abortion] is wrong in every circumstance and the degree of wrong. Catholics have this notion, it’s almost a gradation.”
In a letter to the editor, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington called Biden's absurd explanation “a seriously erroneous picture of Catholic teaching on abortion.” Malooly confirmed that Catholic teaching “is clear and not open to debate. Abortion is a grave sin because it is the wrongful taking of an innocent human life.”
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