Saturday, August 23, 2008

Democratic VP Nominee and His Catholicism

Senator Joseph Biden (D) of Deleware, was selected by Senator Barak Obama to be his running mate. It would have been nice to have someone who completely embraces the Catholic faith rather than just some of its tenets. Ironically, Senator Biden believes LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION but he also defends Roe v. Wade and does not want to outlaw abortion. He does oppose partial-birth abortion but does not support a ban on cloning. IF he is elected Vice President, he would still be ineligible for Holy Communion based on his stands. Deacons, Priests and Bishops would be compelled to refuse him Communion as urged by Archbishop Burke (for any Catholic politician who notoriously supports abortion). The next question is what happens if the Republican VP nominee is also a pro-abortion Catholic? We can and ought to pray that ALL Catholic politicians have a change of heart and abandon their allegiance to the pro-death ideology of abortion and euthanasia. We can and ought to pray for universal consistency among all Catholics on matters of faith and morals so these situations at election time never repeat themselves.

The OnTheIssues web site list his inconsistent views thus:

  • No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe. (Apr 2007)
  • Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception. (Apr 2007)
  • Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)


Ponte Sisto said...

"Senator Biden believes LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION but he also defends Roe v. Wade and does not want to outlaw abortion."

That makes him a pretty screwed up fellow (at best).

Anonymous said...

Won't get my vote... Couldn't trust anyone Obama picks anyway so no surprises.
I will pray for them, for their conversion.
p.S. Thanks for the useful information

~~~mary said...

Any idea of Bishop William Francis Malooly's stand on the issue of pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion? Since he is soon to be Biden's Bishop, I'm interested in knowing if he will follow what the Vatican has set down about this - I can't find anything related to Bishop Malooly's position on the internet about this issue. Peace. ~~~mary
P.S. Whole heartedly agree w/you Ponte - how sick is it to know that it is a child being killed, yet defend the killing?!?

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