A priest in South Carolina denied Democratic front-runner, Joe Biden, communion on Sunday. When asked about his decision, the priest claims that because of Biden’s political leanings, he must be “outside” of church teaching.
There is no word on how Biden, a long-time Catholic, felt about this.
That’s what the priest, Father Robert E. Morey, told a local newspaper when asked about his decision to deny Biden his Catholic right of wafers and wine.
Biden is on the campaign trail trying to secure the Democratic nomination as the 2020 Presidential Candidate, and stopped into Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina, to attend mass and partake in communion.
Also called the Holy Eucharist, it is probably the most important part of Catholicism. The priest prays and blesses the wafers, often made of wheat and water, and the red wine, before serving it to those who believe.
It is thought that transubstantiation happens, which is the act of turning the wafers and wine into the body and blood of Christ. This means that you are accepting him into yourself in a very real way.
According to the priest, the Holy Communion “signifies that we are one with God, each other and the church,” which is true. He continued by saying that “Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
For a long time, the former Vice President stood with more conservatives in the Democratic party when it came to many issues, including abortion.
Just this year, however, he announced that he was opposed to the Hyde Amendment, which places a ban on any federal funding for abortion services.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code,” He explained in June while defending himself, only days after his campaign had told reporters he did, in fact, support the Hyde Amendment.
The Catholic church may be becoming more progressive in many ways – with the Pope recently announcing they were reevaluating the possibility of allowing priests to marry and women to play a greater role in the church – but they have long condemned any form of abortion, stating that human life begins at conception and must be protected.
“As a priest,” Father Morey finished, “it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”