The Vice President was in Iowa this week to rally support for his party. When it was humorously pointed out that he appeared to be travelling with nuns (the pseudo-Catholic “Nuns on a Bus” vehicle was behind the podium), he reminded the crowd that he attended Catholic school for twelve years and he implied that he was used to following their directives.
All chuckling aside, it is very distressing that he continues to promote an intrinsic evil (abortion and abortion-causing drugs) in the name of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and suggests that he can still be considered a practicing Catholic.1 (I know, Nancy Pelosi has tried to get voters to believe that a Catholic can’t be sure when human life begins.2 She, too, deserves an honorary Doctor of Misleading Letters degree.)
Joe Biden’s desire to be popular has caused him to disregard that marriage was not created by the President, his political party or even by any human being and, therefore, cannot be redefined by any of these.3 His illogical use of the word “equality” magnifies his hubris and of those who profess the same.4
If he weren’t such a public figure, then the damage would not be as great. However, as he misuses his nationwide platform, it confuses many who know little about our faith and it also encourages “cafeteria Catholics” and others to rationalize their betrayal of timeless truths. As an elected official, he is accountable to the electorate. Ultimately, however, it will not matter how he is judged by his peers or even by the U.S. Supreme Court, but rather by his Creator.
As I learned in my four years of Catholic high school education, “to whom much has been given, much will be expected.” For someone who said he received twelve years of Catholic instruction, respect for life and Natural Law is expected.
1 – “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 moral law…”, from paragraph 2271 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liguori Publications, Liguori, MO, 1994.
2 – “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life…”, from paragraph 2270, Ibid.
3 – “The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent: ‘to be free’ means:
– not being under constraint:
– not impeded any natural or ecclesiastical law.” Paragraph 1625, Ibid.
4 — “’I’d like to think I did my part for marriage equality,’ the vice president said at the Make Progress National Summit on Wednesday in Washington.” From “Biden Suggests His Obama Legacy Is Same-Sex Marriage,” by Nikki Schwab, http://www.usnews.com, 7/16/2014.