President Biden has, for his whole career, touted his faith in God and his commitment to the Catholic Church. But he does not want to talk very much about his theology and how it affects his life or decisions.
In his State of the Union address, he talked about protecting children who want surgery to change their gender being made in the image of God. Apparently, he does not see any inconsistency there.
On Ash Wednesday, President Biden wore ashes on his forehead as a sign of his faith. Ash Wednesday is a day Catholics use to remember that we are dust and we will return to dust. It begins the Lenten season of repentance before the passion and resurrection of Christ celebration over the Easter week.
The White House reporters revealed that on Ash Wednesday, the president met with a cardinal. Biden told reporters that he was going to give up “all sweets” for Lent. He noted that usually he starts his meals with dessert, but he wasn’t going to have any sweets, not even ice cream.
A reporter named Owen Jensen confronted the president about his continued support for abortion even though the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is “a crime against human life.”
“I don’t want to get in a debate with you on theology,” Biden said. “I’m not going to make a judgment for other people.”
The reporter continued by reminding Biden that he was a Catholic, but the president just moved on to another question.
Brian Burch, the president of Catholic Vote, accused President Biden of sowing “confusion and discord” within the Catholic Church. He said this because Biden refuses to explain why he supports abortion as a Catholic.
“President Biden’s response to a reporter’s questions to him about his support for abortion while wearing ashes on his forehead is utterly disappointing. Biden continues to create confusion and discord by openly touting his faith while promoting pro-death policies that all Catholics are called to reject,” Burch said in an interview with The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire asked the White House to comment on this response, but they refused.
This unwillingness to talk about the president’s theology has been a continual point of criticism for Biden. The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, described the president as a “devout Catholic,” even while talking about his position on abortion. She just skated right by how this is contrasted by Catholic teaching.
The truth is that President Biden is at the helm of an administration that is not only pro-abortion but is a proponent of radical legislation that includes the Equality Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act.
Biden has made a vow to not only support Roe v. Wade; he wants it to be enshrined into law.
This wasn’t always the way Biden was. Early in his career, he would reference his commitment to Catholicism as a reason for voting pro-life in the Senate. But when the Hyde Amendment came to the floor, Biden changed his position. The Hyde Amendment bans the use of government money for abortions except for cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. Biden made this change while on the campaign trail in 2019.
Now, his administration is pushing that there should not be any limits on abortion at any point during a pregnancy. This has caused several leaders in the Catholic Church to condemn the president.
President Biden did meet with Pope Francis in October. He said that the pope “was happy I’m a good Catholic.” After that meeting, some high officials in the Vatican warned bishops in the United States not to deny the present holy communion over his anti-Catholic positions.
I wonder if Biden would a least explain what it means to be “a good Catholic?”