A Kentucky Catholic bishop criticized Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday for avoiding talking about unborn babies when he quotes Pope Francis.
Biden, who claims to be a devout Catholic, supports abortion on demand and wants to force taxpayers to pay for them. He and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, are being described as the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in history.
Bishop Rick Stika of the Dioceses of Knoxville said Biden keeps quoting Pope Francis on the campaign trail while ignoring the church leader’s frequent condemnation of abortion, Breitbart reports.
“I would like to be a speech writer for Mr. Biden and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, who both state they are faithful Catholics,” Stika wrote on Twitter. “I know they also have used quotes from Pope Francis.”
The bishop quoted one of the pope’s statements about abortion in 2014: “Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary.’ For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”
Stika also quoted Mother Teresa, writing, “Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.”
The Catholic Church clearly condemns abortion and teaches that every human life is valuable from conception to natural death. Yet, Biden claims to faithfully live out his Catholic faith. For these hypocritical claims, he is being called out by Catholic leaders across America. In 2019, a South Carolina priest even refused to give Biden communion because he supports killing unborn babies in abortions.
Stika also criticized Biden earlier this summer for supporting “the absolute child abuse,” abortion.
“Don’t understand how Mr. Biden can claim to be a good and faithful Catholic as he denies so much of Church teaching especially on the absolute child abuse and human rights violations of the most innocent, the not yet born,” the bishop wrote last month.
Other Catholic leaders also have been criticizing Biden and the Democratic Party for refusing to support protections for unborn babies.
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, stirred up controversy in August when he denied that Biden is Catholic.
“Biden-Harris. First time in awhile [sic] that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad,” Tobin wrote on Twitter.
That same month, Wisconsin priest Father James Altman condemned the Democratic Party’s support of abortion in a video.
“When politics and politicians act in an immoral way, we most certainly do have the duty and obligation to speak up about it,” Altman said. “You can not be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period! Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. So just quit pretending that you’re Catholic [if you] vote Democrat.”
Biden claims to be Catholic, but his positions on a number of issues conflict with the teachings of his faith. He supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to fund them. In June, he said he supports abortions “under any circumstances” and wants to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.
In March, Biden said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America.
Biden also said he is committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and to reversing “the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.”
In April, he even called abortions an “essential medical service” – as if slaughtering a unique, irreplaceable human child inside his/her mother’s womb is something good.
His and Harris’s position on religious freedom also are deeply troubling. Biden claims to be a “very devout Catholic and a person of deep faith,” but he opposes a religious exemption from the Obamacare contraception mandate for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a nuns’ charity that serves the poor and elderly.