With the South Carolina Democratic primary only 4 months away, voters can expect to see many candidates visit the state. Joe Biden expects to do well in the Palmetto state as he currently holds an 11 point polling lead over Elizabeth Warren.
Biden, who identifies as Catholic, attended a Sunday mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina over the weekend. While there, he was denied communion by Father Robert E. Morey over his the candidates views on abortion.
The Priest said that he denied the former Vice President communion as he wasn’t living up to the duties of the religion. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that,” said Morey. “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
Father Morey continued, “As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”
As a devout Catholic, the abortion issue has been a difficult one for the lawmaker. Over his lengthy political career, Biden has gone back and forth on his feelings about abortion rights.
He only recently changed his stance on the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding towards abortion. The former Vice President explained his position change by saying, “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without the health care they need. If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support [the amendment].”
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