Michael Brown on Was a Catholic Priest Right to Refuse Joe Biden Communion?

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. October 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe

I am not Roman Catholic, but from my perspective as a Protestant believer, Father Robert E. Morey of Florence, South Carolina, was absolutely right in refusing to allow former Vice President Joe Biden Communion this past Sunday. Communion is not for those in outright, public disobedience to the Lord’s commands.

If a man left his wife and was shacking up with his girlfriend, should he be allowed to take Communion? Obviously not.

What about a drug lord who was dealing drugs to minors? Or a gang leader feared for his brutality and cruelty?

In each case, the answer is a clear and obvious “No.”

As for presidential candidate Biden, his increasingly pro-abortion stance, which has become more extreme in recent months, was sufficient grounds to be forbidden Communion.

In the words of another Catholic priest, Father Ryan Hilderbrand, “Grave sin must be MANIFEST – that is, public and enduring over time – before I can deny someone Holy Communion.

“This is where Mr. Biden comes in. Voting to protect abortion ‘rights’ is clearly grave matter for sin. That he voted like this multiple times is much, much worse.

“By his actions, he leads us to believe that he has willingly placed himself outside the Communion of the church. Therefore, so that he does not ‘eat and drink unto his own condemnation,’ it is an act of mercy to deny Mr. Biden Holy Communion.”

This would be similar to Rev. Charles Finney (1792-1875), refusing to minister Communion to slaveholders in the 1800s.

As explained by Roger Joseph Green, “Finney’s condemnation of slavery in principle was strong, and as Finney grew older he attacked slavery not just because of personal but from a firm ideological base—the moral law of God, to which nations as well as individuals are subject, forbid the enslaving of human beings. He practiced what he preached, and he would not allow slaveholders to take communion at his New York churches. Of this Finney was sure: Slaveholding was sin.”

Not surprisingly, left-leaning (and gay-affirming) Jesuit priest James Martin took exception to Morey’s actions, tweeting, “Denying Communion to politicians, Democrat or Republican, is a bad idea. If you deny the sacrament to those who support abortion, then you must also deny it to those who support the death penalty. How about those who don’t help the poor? How about ‘Laudato Si’? Where does it end?”

John Hirschauer at the National Review corrected Martin forcefully, writing, “Surely Fr. Martin does not mean to suggest that support for the death penalty for heinous criminals—a practice the Catholic Church has supported (and enacted!) in various moments in its history—is comparable to supporting the slaughter of unborn children. Neither, one imagines, could he possibly be suggesting that excessive use of air conditioning, or failing to recycle plastic goods, as outlined in Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical ‘Laudato Si,’ are acts of similar moral gravity as a politician publicly supporting abortion rights.”

But Martin had more to say.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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