President Joe Biden attended Mass on Sunday where a priest criticized President Donald Trump for not being pro-life because he enforced the death penalty.
Biden also received communion during the service at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. even though he wants to expand abortions and force taxpayers to pay for unborn babies’ abortion deaths. Just two days earlier, Biden celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by promising to “codify” the pro-abortion ruling into federal law
At the Mass Sunday, Jesuit Fr. William Kelley condemned Trump because his administration oversaw the execution of 13 death row inmates in the last few months of his presidency.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, Kelley praised the “enthusiasm” that pro-lifers show at the national March for Life each year in Washington, D.C.
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However, the priest said pro-life Catholics need to focus more on protecting the right to life for people on death row, not just unborn babies.
“In fact, they focus almost exclusively on strategies to eliminate abortion. While the laudable effort to protect life in the womb is an essential element of the church’s doctrine, it does not exhaust our concern for human life. Our concern for the sacredness of life must also include the quality of life after birth,” he said.
Kelley expressed “horror” that the Trump administration hastily allowed five convicted death row inmates to be put to death just prior to Biden’s inauguration. He slammed Trump for “breaking with a 130-year-old precedent of pausing executions amid a presidential transition,” according to the report.
“Every human being has the right to enjoy the fruits of God’s creation through access to food, housing and basic medical care,” he continued. “Additionally, the church’s defense of the sanctity of life demands that we continue to grapple with such complicated issues as human suffering at the end of life and ethical ways to punish people who commit serious crimes. The sacredness of life certainly encompasses these issues, too.”
Kelley told the Reporter that he did not know Biden would be at Mass until about an hour before it began.
Biden also received communion that day – despite warnings from a number of bishops and priests that he is supporting a “grave moral evil” that has “resulted in the destruction of millions of innocent lives.”
About 900,000 unborn babies are aborted every year in America, and about 62 million have been aborted since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand.
Biden’s plans and the people leading his administration are radically pro-abortion.
If Biden does what he promised, abortions could increase across America. Not only does he plan to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law in case the Supreme Court overturns it, he also wants to end the life-saving Hyde Amendment and force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.
In April, Biden went so far as to call the killing of unborn babies an “essential medical service” during the coronavirus pandemic. His health care plan would expand abortions as well by forcing insurance companies to cover abortions as “essential” health care under Obamacare.
He also promised to undo all of President Donald Trump’s progress for life, including restoring funding to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood.
On religious freedom, Biden’s position also is deeply troubling. Biden has endorsed anti-religious freedom policies that would force nuns, religious charities and hospitals to violate their deeply-held beliefs by funding the killing of unborn babies in abortions and potentially even by helping to facilitate their deaths. He also promised to restore an Obama-era mandate that would force the nuns with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to fund contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health insurance plans.