Commentary: Biden’s views on abortion don’t mix with religion

I was very saddened when reading the article on Wednesday May 22 in the DSN about Mr. Joe Biden. Later in the day while sitting in a chapel I found myself weeping over the state of Mr. Biden’s soul. I prayed for him and for the multitude of others who, like Mr. Biden believe that it is morally acceptable to kill a baby in its mother’s womb or shortly after its birth.

The article stated that “Mr. Biden is a devout Roman Catholic, but that he believes the teaching of his church on the issue of abortion is morally wrong.” According to the dictionary, the word “devout” means totally committed to a cause or belief. One cannot claim to be a devout member of a religion while at the same time rejecting the teachings of that religion.

That is what I have heard before referred to as a cafeteria Catholic; one who picks and chooses what one is willing to believe.

In the article, Mr. Biden portrays himself as being on the fence on the issue of abortion, referring to times in his career when he voted in favor of or against the issues concerning abortion that came before him for votes. This reminds me of a passage in Revelation that refers to one who is “lukewarm.” This is not a good place to be as a “devout” Christian.

God reveals to St. John in the book of Revelation His abhorrence for those who are lukewarm. He says “I know your works: I know that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were either hot or cold, but because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say you are rich and have prospered and have no need of anything and yet you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Rev. 3:15-17.)

Now, I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not want the God to whom I say I am devoted to say those things about me.

The catechism of the Roman Catholic Church teaches that “life must be respected and protected 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 any innocent being to life. Since the 1st century the church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchanged. Direct abortion willed either as an end or a means is gravely contrary to moral law.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 270-2275.)

A devout Roman Catholic then is one who follows the teachings taken from Holy Scripture (Thou shall not kill. Exodus 20:13) and the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the church.

I totally agree that abortion is a moral issue, however, one must base one’s thoughts and beliefs on the basis of the truth of the issue. The Texas Supreme Court’s ruling on the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was based on a totally immoral number of lies presented by Ms. Norma McCorvey (Roe of Roe v. Wade) to her feminist attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington when she told them that the pregnancy was the result of when she had been raped. (“I am Roe: My Life, Roe v. Wade, and Freedom of Choice” Page 122.)

Norma McCorvey later became a Christian and recanted her story and became an advocate and champion of the Pro-Life movement. She became a Roman Catholic and spent the rest of her life trying to undo what she had been a party to. She regretted the killing of millions of babies in her name. She also started a ministry known as Roe no More in which she worked tirelessly speaking to heads of state, legislators, reporters, groups, and anyone who would listen about the evils of abortion. Norma died in 2018.

The church bases its teachings on the moral law handed down to Moses in the Ten Commandments as God said “Thou shall not kill. (Exodus 20:13) Man bases his laws on the feelings of society at a given moment in history usually on the immoral laws and decisions of his own thoughts as Saint Paul explains in the Book of Romans. He says “for although they knew God, they did not accord Him Glory as God or give Him thanks. Instead they became vain in their reasoning and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise they became fools.” (Romans 1:21-22.)

So, I would say to Mr. Biden and all other “devout Christians” who think that abortion is morally correct, maybe you should have a heart to heart talk with Jesus as you sit in your pew preparing to receive Him in Holy Communion next Sunday and ask Him if it is OK to kill babies.

Rosemarie Pritchett is a resident of Felton

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