Much has been made in the media and by the President himself about being a devout practicing Catholic who attends Mass regularly.
I’m speaking out of love and concern as both a Catholic and an American who loves his country.
As a devout practicing Catholic, as well as a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus; I’m concerned that this claim could confuse, mislead and split my fellow Catholics regarding Church teaching on key issues that he supports and advocates. Namely: Abortion, the LGBTQ agenda and transgenderism.
I’m also concerned that this claim misrepresents genuine devout Catholics.
Being devout is more than attending Sunday Mass and praying the Rosary. It means that you passionately, intensely and consistently practice the Faith you profess and faithfully abide by all the teachings of the Church.
Look to the saints as examples.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the key instructional document of what the Church teaches and all Catholics are to believe; states that: All Catholics are bound by the teaching authority of the Church in all areas of faith and morals.
Abortion has always been taught by the Church that it is a grave moral evil. Right from the beginning. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae; issued in 1968; clearly states that no practicing Catholic can procure abortions or use artificial contraception.
As for LGBTQ, the Catechism states that LGBTQ people, are not inherently evil; and are to be treated with their human dignity and protected from unjust discrimination. The Catechism teaches that they are to be supported and helped to flourish as human beings.
It’s the homosexual act that’s the grave moral evil in this issue.
The same with transgenderism. We are to support and help transgender people but not the gender ideology that supports it and the supposed transitioning from one gender to another. As it clearly goes against Sacred Scripture, Male and female, He created them and the natural law.
Another area I’m concerned about is freedom of religion.
The Church teaches in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, that the civil government must ensure freedom of religion for it’s citizens. This ensures that no one is forced to go against their religion and their conscience.
President Biden supports the Obamacare and Equality Acts without religious freedom exemptions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
This violates both Church teaching and the United States Constitution’s First Amendment. The First Amendment says: Congress shall make no law abridging the free exercise of religion.
That’s what’s being debated in the United States Senate right now with the Equality Act.
I’m not making personal attacks on the President. It’s his actions in support and advocacy of these issues that contradict Church teaching, even when it means violating Americans’ constitutional right of freedom of religion in order to make it law; that I’m addressing.
His actions in support and advocacy of these issues are inconsistent with the claim that he’s a devout Catholic.
As I said earlier: I’m not making personal attacks on the President. I’m addressing his actions. I’m speaking out of love and concern for my fellow Catholics, including the President; and for my country.