White House says Biden is a ‘devout Catholic’ when asked about abortion policies

White House says Biden is a ‘devout Catholic’ when asked about abortion policies

White
House
Press
Secretary
Jen
Psaki
described

President
Biden
as
a
“devout

Catholic”
after
being
asked
about
his
stances
on
taxpayer
funding
for
abortion.

Psaki’s
comments
came
during
her
first
press
conference
Wednesday,
where
an
EWTN
Global
Catholic
Network reporter
asked
her
about
“two
big
concerns
for
pro-life
Americans”

the
Hyde
Amendment
and
Mexico
City
Policy.
The
former
bars
the
use
of
federal
funds
to
pay
for
abortion
under
most
circumstances,
while
the
latter restricts
taxpayer
funding
of
abortion abroad. “What
is
President
Biden
doing
on
those
two
items
right
now?”
reporter
Owen
Jensen asked.

Psaki
responded
that
the
administration
would
have
more
to
say
on
the
Mexico
City
Policy,
adding:
“I
will
just
take
the
opportunity
to
remind
all
of
you
that
he
is
a
devout
Catholic
and
somebody
who
attends
church
regularly.
He
started
his
day
attending
church
with
his
family
this
morning
but
I
don’t
have
anything
more
for
you
on
that.”

The
Mexico
City
Policy,
which
blocks
overseas
funding
for
abortion, has
repeatedly
been
reversed
and
reinstated
by
previous
administrations.
Biden,
however,
sent
shockwaves
through
the
media
when
he
announced
that
he
would
reverse
his
position
on
the
decades-old
Hyde
Amendment.


HEAD
OF
US
BISHOPS’
CONFERENCE
WARNS
BIDEN
WOULD
‘ADVANCE
MORAL
EVILS
AND
THREATEN
HUMAN
LIFE’

Psaki’s
statement
appeared
to
conflict
with
Cardinal
Raymond
Burke’s
claim
that
Biden
shouldn’t
receive
communion
and
isn’t
a
Catholic
“in
good
standing.”
Her
comments
also
came
amid
a
statement
from
the
U.S.
Conference
of
Catholic
Bishops,
which
condemned
Biden’s
position
on
abortion
and
other
issues.

“I
must
point
out
that
our
new
President
has
pledged
to
pursue
certain
policies
that
would
advance
moral
evils
and
threaten
human
life
and
dignity,
most
seriously
in
the
areas
of
abortion,
contraception,
marriage,
and
gender,”
said
Los
Angeles
Archbishop
Jose
Gomez,
who
serves
as
the
USCCB’s
president. 

Biden
has
defended
himself
by
claiming
that
he refuses to impose his
“religious
beliefs
on
other
people.”
However,
both
the
Catholic
Catechism
and
some
clergy
have
indicated
that
politicians
have
an
obligation
to
support
anti-abortion
legislation.
The section
of
the
Catechism discussing
abortion
says
that
the
procedure
and
infanticide
“are
abominable
crimes.”

It
reads:
“The
inalienable
rights
of
the
person
must
be
recognized
and
respected
by
civil
society
and
the
political
authority.”
The
Catechism
also
warns
that
“when
the
state
does
not
place
its
power
at
the
service
of
the
rights
of
each
citizen,
and
in
particular
of
the
more
vulnerable,
the
very
foundations
of
a
state
based
on
law
are
undermined.”


SOME
ROMAN
CATHOLICS
SOUNDING
ALARM
ABOUT
BIDEN
ADMINISTRATION,
CONFLICTS
WITH
MORAL
TEACHING

For
years,
Biden
supported
the
Hyde
Amendment,
which
prohibits
most
taxpayer
funding
for
abortion, with
the
rationale
that
religious
Americans
shouldn’t
have
to
pay
for
procedures
they
fundamentally
oppose.
That’s
why
his
reversal
on
the
policy
last
year
sent
shockwaves
through
the
media.
Biden,
however,
appeared
to
personally
flout
church
teaching
when
he officiated a
same-sex
wedding
ceremony
in
2016.

Psaki
did
not
immediately
respond
to
Fox
News’
request
for
comment.


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Biden
isn’t
the
only
politician
to
claim
faithfulness
to
the
Catholic
church
while
supporting
abortion
access.
House
Speaker
Nancy
Pelosi,
D-Calif.,
who
attended
mass
with
Biden
on
Wednesday, has
described herself as
a
“devout
practicing
Catholic,”
identifying
with
what is
perhaps
the
largest
pro-life
organization
in
the
world.

Vatican
officials
have
reportedly
said
Pelosi should
be
denied the
sacrament
of
Holy
Communion
and
the
last
pope

Pope
Benedict
XVI

personally
reminded
her
of
the
Church’s
stance
on
the
issue
during
a private
meeting.

Sam
Dorman
is
a
reporter
with
Fox
News.
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