Joe Biden likes to pretend he’s a “faithful” Catholic. The leaders of the Church aren’t letting him get away with it anymore.
And US Catholic Bishops slap Joe Biden with devastating attack.
President Biden, his press secretary, and his entire party plays up the image of Joe Biden as a “devout” Catholic who cares deeply for his faith.
Well, by their fruits you shall know them, and Joe Biden’s fruit is nothing but radical Left-wing ideology.
Even though the Catholic Church routinely comes down against abortion and gender ideology, Joe Biden has said restricting either of those is “close to sinful.”
Biden says it’s “close to sinful” for states to pass laws banning transgender surgeries for kids.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) March 13, 2023
Now the Bishops of the United States are opening fire on Biden for his disgraceful behavior and beliefs.
Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski claimed last weekend that President Joe Biden’s tendency of exaggerating his Catholicism “gives all of us bishops heartburn” because of his pro-abortion zeal.
Archbishop Wenski was quoted in an Associated Press (AP) piece comparing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s Catholic faith to Joe Biden’s.
“Biden makes a bigger deal of his Catholicism than DeSantis does,” Wenski said, adding that “it gives all us bishops heartburn because of his radical abortion stance.”
According to the article, Mr. DeSantis supports Catholic Church doctrine on traditional marriage, male-female complementarity, and school choice.
He has opposed drag queen story hours for children, the use of puberty blockers for gender-confused kids, and LGBT indoctrination in public schools.
DeSantis has also been a strong supporter of religious freedom and respect for conscience, which have been a source of contention for Catholics in Mr. Biden’s policy.
Biden, on his part, is staunchly pro-abortion, favors allowing biological males to play in women’s sports, and opposes Catholic foster care services’ ability to refuse gay adoption.
According to the AP, DeSantis has clashed with certain bishops over his views on the death penalty and some immigration policies.
However, Catholic teaching on immigration is very reserved, offering no policy recommendations and leaving plenty of room for healthy debate and disagreement.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church limits itself to saying that more prosperous nations “are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.”
The United States obviously accomplishes this, with about one million legal immigrants admitted each year, far more than any other country on the planet.
Furthermore, immigrants “are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws, and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”
In terms of death punishment, historical thinkers from Ambrose to Augustine to Thomas Aquinas to Robert Bellarmine to Alphonsus Liguori, all Church doctors taught the legality of capital punishment.
However, in recent years, the Catholic magisterium has come to the conclusion that the death sentence is no longer a just form of punishment in today’s world. In 1995, Pope John Paul II said that governments should “not go to the extreme of executing the offender except in cases of absolute necessity,” adding that in the current world, “such cases are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”
However, unlike abortion or euthanasia, the Catholic Church has never declared capital punishment to be essentially wicked, which would be a direct contradiction of previous teachings.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was in charge of the doctrinal office at the time, stated in 2004 that there is “legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not about abortion and euthanasia.”
Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in the same memorandum that “if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or the decision to wage war, he would not be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion,” which is not the case with abortion or euthanasia.
Long story short, Biden is in direct contradiction to the faith he so happily flaunts on national TV, while DeSantis hold legitimate disagreements that keep in good standing with the Church.
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