A Virginia Catholic priest described Joe Biden as the “most aggressively anti-Catholic” president in U.S. history as he tries to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
In a column at the Catholic Culture blog Friday, Father Jerry Pokorsky, a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, pushed back against the portrayal of Biden as a devout Catholic. And he urged Catholic Church leaders to speak out against Biden’s hypocrisy.
“Indeed, Biden is the most aggressively anti-Catholic President in history,” Pokorsky wrote, pointing to Biden’s pro-abortion record and other actions that violate the faith. He “has magnified and institutionalized countless major violations of the Ten Commandments. The hypocrisy rivals that of the chief priests and Pharisees and is worthy of the same condemnation.”
Pokorsky said Biden already has made abortion on demand a priority in his administration. Just two days after taking office, he celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that led to the unnecessary killing of more than 62 million unborn babies in abortions.
Days later, Biden got rid of the Mexico City Policy and restored tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which kills babies in abortions around the world and lobbies to legalize abortions in pro-life countries. Pro-life leaders warned that the money will be used to pressure countries in Africa and South America to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
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Pokorsky also pointed to Biden’s choices to help lead his administration. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the nominee for health secretary, is fighting in court against a charity of nuns who serve the poor and elderly. He also defended a law that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions, and he is prosecuting the undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.
Now, Biden is pressuring Congress to pass the Equality Act, which would strip away conscience protections for pro-life medical workers and create a “right” to demand an abortion.
Pokorsky said Biden has been open and unapologetic about his sinful actions.
In 2005, Biden himself protested those who questioned his Catholicism: “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.” But the words of Jesus are foreboding: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” [Mt. 7:21] Biden’s habitual and unapologetic sinful acts are on full display.
Pokorsky chastised the Catholic bishops for failing to initiate “a single disciplinary measure to protect the Catholic faith from scandal,” calling their silence on Biden an act of “cowardice” and “spiritual treason.”
“On the contrary, several prominent bishops have declared Biden worthy of Catholic-in-good-standing status,” he wrote.
The priest said church leaders need to decide how they will stand, with God or with politicians like Biden.
“We either: stand with the Church and her sacraments and reject Biden’s iconic culture-of-death policies, or we join those who celebrate Biden’s flouting of Church teaching,” Pokorsky said. “In so doing, we will reveal whether we intend to magnify the Lord or magnify Biden’s immorality.”
Biden’s presidency has caused increasing controversy in the Catholic Church. The bishops have been debating whether Biden should receive communion because he openly defies the sanctity of human life and other church teachings. Some bishops have said the president should not participate in the sacrament until he repents, while others say he should be allowed to receive the Eucharist.