Joseph Biden may be named after the head of the Holy Family, St Joseph and he may have been baptized into the Catholic Church, he may even attend the celebration of Mass every Sunday but that does not necessarily make one a ‘devout’ Catholic. Devout means you adhere to the teachings and try to live them out.
For those who are not Catholic and for those who are but taken aback by the title let me explain.
As a Catholic you must accept the infallible teaching of the Church, it’s doctrines and dogma. We don’t get to pick and choose. The first word in Protestant is protest. The meaning of the word Catholic is universal. Non Catholics accept the doctrine of sola scriptura. Catholics accept Scripture and Tradition with a capital T. The doctrine called sola scriptura means scripture alone is the authority leaving scripture open to as many interpretations as there are people who can interpret it. St. Paul wrote, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle”. 2THESSALONIANS 2:15
St Paul wrote that so the brethren wouldn’t get confused and follow the heresies that they dealt with in their own time. They were to be cautious and separate authentic apostolic teaching from everything else. I’m sure this is all open to disagreement with non Catholics but it’s not with Catholics. i’m saying if you’re non Catholic you’re free to dispute the teachings of the Church. As a devout Catholic even if you don’t particularly like the teachings of the Church you accept them and pray for the grace to follow them.
When you’re in public office [ “Joe” happens to be in THE highest office] and claim to be a devout Catholic that carries more responsibility.
No matter how compassionate Joe is and how regularly he attends Mass he’s still pro abortion. What does the Catechism say about abortion? Basically 2 things; it’s a NON NEGOTIABLE issue and is INTRINSICALLY EVIL.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (No. 2271).
‘The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. 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. . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.’ (80)
Joe can say,’ I am not personally in support of abortion BUT i wouldn’t tell anyone else what to do’ means he is pro choice NOT pro life. He’s like every politician who has talked out of both sides of their mouth for political gain. Pro choice IS pro abortion whether Joe is willing to admit it or not. As long as one choice IS abortion then you actually support abortion regardless of the verbal engineering you do. Joe’s position in government makes him particularly responsible as the devout Catholic he claims to be.
I hear people say but it’s a clump of cells. Newsflash; all human beings are a clump of cells. The person reading this blog entry is a ‘clump of cells”.
It’s just a fetus. Yes,it is. The word fetus means offspring. We ALL begin life as a fetus.
We don’t go around saying that person is carrying a fetus even though the scientific term is correct at a certain stage-we do go around saying that person or that mother is having a baby,with child or carrying a baby. We don’t generally refer to anything with a scientific/biological term in every day speech.
When people argue for abortion they get into the weeds saying the baby is not a person. Person is a philosophical term. You can probably get 50 different opinions on what constitutes a person from 50 different people even though we all share a basic understanding. When i argue for life and it’s protection it’s because we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right. The fetus, baby, clump of cells IS a human life. It may be a dependent human being but it’s definitely a human being, one of the most innocent and vulnerable. The baby is not an organ. Pregnancy is not a disease. The baby is not a parasite. A parasite will always be a parasite. It is not going to mutate or develop into a human being. A human being will always be a human being. It will eventually develop into an adult human being; life is a continuum going from conception to natural death.
Now that we’ve got some of the terms cleared up we can explain why Joe is not a ‘devout’ Catholic. It’s very simple. The Church is not going to teach abortion is intrinsically evil one day and not intrinsically evil the next. It’s not up for debate. You and i can debate it all day long. I am not going to debate it all day long with the Church if i’m a devout Catholic.
The Church has the responsibility to lead its faithful to practice the moral good and avoid the moral evil. Intrinsically evil means the act in itself. A devout Catholic accepts the teaching of the Church even at the risk to one’s position in government and he/she realizes that they may not only contribute to the evil of abortion but cause scandal by example. In fact, Joe directly affects policy re abortion. He has so much responsibility re the matter it’s not even funny. More than most of us. Now if he wants to continue to be ‘pro choice’ then he should just drop the narrative that he is a devout Catholic. Who am i to say this about Joe? I’m pro life. Always will be. I know what the Church teaches re abortion & make a point of knowing. i can’t claim ignorance and it would be wrong to remain WILLFULLY ignorant. Even MOST[not all, of course] non Catholics know exactly what the Catholic Church teaches about abortion. It’s a little hard to claim ignorance.
Feel free to comment on this entry but PLEASE try to stick to the topic. I know how this goes. Someone is bound to bring up homosexuals in the Church, the scandal of clerical abuse or the death penalty. A baby is an innocent human being not a criminal facing execution. We don’t excuse an intrinsically evil act because people commit other morally evil acts. Stick to the topic.