Joe Biden, the democratic front-runner for the presidency in 2020, was reportedly denied communion by a priest at a South Carolina Catholic church over the weekend.
Biden is a lifelong Catholic, and he stopped by Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence on Sunday. The former vice president was denied Holy Communion by Father Robert E. Morey, local newspaper the South Carolina Morning News reported.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Morey told the newspaper in a statement.
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey said in the statement.
The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment on Monday night.
Former Vice President Biden’s stance on abortion has for decades been aligned with the more conservative wing of the Democratic party. But earlier this year he announced his opposition of the Hyde Amendment, a ban on federal funding for abortions.
Biden said he opposes the Hyde Amendment in June after days of Democratic backlash after saying he does support the amendment.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code,” he said in a speech at the time.
What is your opinion on the actions of this South Carolina Catholic priest? Do you agree or disagree with Father Robert E. Morey’s actions? Did the priest act within the confines of the Church, or was he wrong in his refusing to serve communion to the former vice president? We look forward to seeing your comments in the section just below this article.
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