Former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent statements on abortion are upsetting religious voters so much that he was denied communion at Sunday mass. Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina had reportedly refused Biden the sacrament due to the politician’s support of pro-choice stance.
Biden, who claims to be personally against abortion, has gone on record in support of upholding the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and recently has voiced his support of Medicaid funded abortions. [RELATED: MIC DROP! President Trump Calls Adam Schiff ‘The Biggest Leaker’ In Washington]
” I made sure we guaranteed a woman’s right to choose for the better part of a generation, I would make sure that we move and insist that we pass, we codify Roe v. Wade,” stated Biden. “The public is already there, things have changed.”
Canon church law states a priest must refuse communion to any person who publicly lives a life of sin without repentance, which includes supporting abortion.
Denying pro-choice politicians the sacraments has long been practiced, most notably in 2013 when the Vatican declared that Nancy Pelosi should be denied communion until her policy changed. [RELATED: Former National Security Adviser Refuses to Testify Before Congress In Impeachment Farce]
Father Robert E. Morey confirmed to the Florence Morning News via email on Monday that he had refused the sacrament to Biden.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Morey, pastor at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, said. “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.” [RELATED: James Comey Says He’ll Move to New Zealand if Trump is Reelected]
Biden, who is Catholic, would not confirm whether he had attended Mass at St. Anthony’s. The campaign told the Florence Morning News that “if he did attend, he did so in a private capacity.”