Catholic Bishop Says Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Isn’t Truly a Faithful Catholic

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 12, 2020   |   12:45PM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic Church leaders continue to express concerns about Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden who claims to be Catholic while espousing radical pro-abortion policies that would lead to tens of thousands more dead babies each year.

On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of Providence, Rhode Island, implied Biden is not a true Catholic after he announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, the Boston Globe reports.

“Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad,” Tobin responded on Twitter.

Many took Tobin’s comment to be a reference to Biden’s radical abortion position. Biden supports abortion on demand and wants to force taxpayers to fund it. His running mate is even more radical; Harris recently opposed a bill to protect newborns from infanticide and raided the home of an undercover journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.

In May, Tobin made it clear that Catholics must oppose the killing of unborn babies in abortions, Breitbart reports.

“Just saw a headline in a Catholic newspaper with the phrase ‘pro-abortion Catholic.’ Sorry. That’s a contradiction in terms,” Tobin wrote on Twitter at the time. “You can’t be a Catholic, at least not an authentic one, and be ‘pro-abortion.’ Or ‘pro-choice.’ It’s the same thing.”

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However, Jesuit priest James Martin, the editor of “America” magazine, disputed Tobin’s claim this week.

“Mr. Biden is a baptized Catholic. Thus, he is a Catholic,” he responded on Twitter.

In an interview with the Globe, Martin added: “I cannot say why Bishop Tobin tweeted that out yesterday. All I can say is that as someone who was baptized as a child, Mr. Biden is as Catholic as anyone else in the church. Baptism as a sacrament is irrevocable. Mr. Biden may not be the kind of Catholic that Bishop Tobin agrees with, but that’s not the standard for what makes a person a Catholic.”

But Catholic bishops have been clear that true Catholics cannot support the killing of unborn babies in abortions. In November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter urging Catholics to oppose abortion as a “preeminent priority.”

Biden would do the opposite. He said he would codify Roe v. Wade into law and nominate pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. In April, he even called the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden has aligned himself closely with the billion-dollar abortion industry, which donates millions to pro-abortion Democrats’ political campaigns. Last year, Biden promised to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions. If he succeeds, 60,000 more unborn babies could be aborted each year, according to research by Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Biden also said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America.

If elected, Biden said he would be committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and “reverse the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.”

His health care plan would expand abortions as well. It would force insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.

Contrary to his so-called faith, Biden also opposes religious freedom for Catholic charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor and Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby that do not want to pay for contraception that may cause abortions. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the nuns’ favor this summer, Biden vowed to reverse President Donald Trump’s actions supporting religious freedom.

Biden’s growing radicalism prompted a South Carolina priest to deny him communion last October. Others have said they would do the same.

The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable because he/she is created in the image of God, and abortion is evil because it destroys God’s most precious creation, a baby in the womb. Every year in America, nearly 1 million unborn babies are slaughtered in legal abortions. Since Roe v. Wade, more than 61 million have lost their lives.