Saturday, September 24, 2022

Biden steps in it again--on abortion

 He doesn't speak for the Roman Catholic Church.

Biden commented on abortion at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday during a discussion about a Republican proposal to restrict abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic,” Biden said, “my Church doesn’t even make that argument.”

“This may be the most outrageous thing Joe Biden has ever said,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch regarding Biden’s comment about what the Church teaches. Burch pointed out that the president was essentially arguing that the Catholic Church, for the first time in its history, now endorses abortions in some cases.

“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church states. “This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed as an ends or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (No. 2271).

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also has addressed the difficult situation of a pregnancy conceived in rape.

“(A)ny woman subjected to sexual assault needs our compassionate and understanding care, including psychological and spiritual as well as medical support,” Richard Doerflinger, the then associate director of the pro-life secretariat, said in a July 2013 commentary on the U.S. bishops’ website.

“(A)ny child conceived in rape is, like his or her mother, an innocent victim. That child, too, has a right to life, and destroying the child does not punish the rapist or end the woman’s trauma,” he added.

“Does Joe Biden think he knows more about abortion than the pope?” said Burch. “More than our bishops? More than 2,000 years of Church teaching that abortion always ends the life of an innocent unborn child?”

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