The priest also added that it was his responsibility "to minister to those souls entrusted to his care... Even in the most difficult situations."
Former Vice President Joe Biden has always been pretty clear about his political stance on abortion, and he's let people know that he's pro-choice. However, he was reportedly denied Holy Communion over his stance on abortion rights during a Sunday morning visit to a South Carolina church, according to HuffPost. Father Robert Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence told the local Morning News that he refused to serve the Democratic presidential candidate during the morning mass because "any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching." “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” the priest then added.
Biden's campaign is yet to respond to reporters about the incident, but he did tell MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that he was going to remain tight-lipped about it. "I’m not going to discuss that," he affirmed. "That’s just my personal life, and I’m not going to get into that at all." However, he did state that he was not interested in imposing "religious beliefs which [he accepts] based on church doctrine."
The priest also added that it was his responsibility "to minister to those souls entrusted to his care... Even in the most difficult situations." The thing is, would Reverend Morey have denied anyone else the right to worship, even if they were pro-choice? Also, does it mean that those who don't really see eye-to-eye with the church can't worship? Meanwhile, Biden, who is a practicing Catholic, emphasized that he does not seek to impose his “religious beliefs which I accept based on church doctrine" on others.
Initially, no one really knew what the former Vice President's official stance on abortion even was. Once, in a videotaped interview, he was recorded saying, "I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy. I think it should be rare and safe. I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions." However, there is no doubt that he has evolved politically over the years.
Though he was personally against the practice, he has since vowed to codify the Roe v. Wade ruling if elected as President and has stated that “we must fight any and all attempts to overturn it.” Similarly, Biden once backed the Hyde Amendment that bans federal funds from being spent on abortions but he announced his support for scrapping the same Hyde Amendment earlier this year.
"I can’t justify leaving millions of women without the health care they need," he said at a June gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support [the amendment]. Biden is now considered a frontrunner in the race to be elected the Democratic nominee. As the only Catholic candidate, the question is if he will be able to unify voters to defeat Trump in the 2020 Presidential elections, especially when it comes to abortion.