South Carolina Priest Refused to Give Communion to Joe Biden at Mass Because of His Abortion Advocacy

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a South Carolina church Sunday because of his abortion advocacy.

Biden, who is a lifelong Catholic, was refused communion at the 9 a.m. mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church where Father Robert E. Morey serves as pastor.

Morey confirmed with SC Now that Biden was denied the sacrament because of his advocacy for abortion rights.

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the publication Monday. “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.”

The rebuke from Morey comes after Biden publicly objected last Wednesday to a proposal to outlaw abortions in South Carolina after about six weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest.

“Let’s be clear, this ban is dangerous and directly violates a woman’s constitutional right to choose. We must stop it. As president, I will codify Roe into federal law and ensure this choice remains between a woman and her doctor,” Biden said in a tweet.

South Carolina’s Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee approved the bill Biden objects to in a 4-3 vote that split along party lines, The State recently reported. It is also expected to be approved in the full Medical Affairs Committee but likely to face obstacles on the state’s Senate floor.

Biden’s position on abortion has evolved over time. In 1974, during his first term in the Senate, he said the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision “went too far” and he didn’t “think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.”

He also called abortion a “tragedy” in a 2006 interview.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair