Pro-choice Catholic priest endorses abortion supporter Biden as ‘pro-life,’ encourages Catholics to join him
It’s one thing for Democratic nominee Joe Biden to try to square his claims of being a faithful Roman Catholic and asserting support for a woman’s right to choose.
After all, Biden is in absolute lockstep with other alleged Catholic Democrats who back abortion “rights” without reservation or hesitation, such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But it’s quite another for a Catholic priest to announce that he’s for the “right to choose” and a Biden backer.
And thus Monsignor Paul Garrity, pastor of the Lexington Catholic Community parish in Boston, was forced to backtrack. Sort of.
As recounted by the Catholic News Agency, Garrity offered a Facebook post on Aug. 23 under the headline, “I AM PRO-LIFE AND SUPPORT JOE BIDEN,” that read: “I am pro-life and I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I will vote for Joe Biden for President because I believe that Joe Biden is pro-life like me.”
Garrity added that he believes “any woman who becomes pregnant should have the right to choose to give birth to her baby.”
“I am pro-life and I believe that every woman who becomes pregnant deserves to have the freedom to choose life,” he said. “This is what I believe Joe Biden believes and is one of the many reasons that I will vote for him in November.”
That revelation is shocking enough for Catholic clergy.
Catholic doctrine on abortion, as found in the church’s official Cathechism, could not be clearer: “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.
“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 the moral law.”
But concerning Biden, the monsignor obviously hasn’t been paying attention.
Biden could have spoken up for the dwindling number of pro-life Democrats at the Democratic National Convention by giving them an opportunity to speak, or reasserting support for any number of anti-abortion policies.
Instead he didn’t.
In this bid for the White House, Biden has sacrificed the tenets of his faith and his personal positions on the altar of radical progressivism on abortion.
He reversed his stance on the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for most abortions, after 40-plus years and abandoned the Mexico City Policy as well. Biden also has pledged to restore Trump administration funding cuts to Planned Parenthood. The former vice president who once said the Supreme Court went “too far” in deciding Roe v. Wade as it did now says he will codify it in federal law. And Biden, the faithful Catholic, also has maintained that he would force a group of nuns to purchase birth control as part of the Obamacare mandate, even though the Supreme Court recently excused them from that on religious grounds.
As National Review senior editor David Harsanyi wrote recently, “It is, no doubt, true that Biden doesn’t want to drive women down (to) abortion clinics himself.” Yet, he added, “Joe Biden supports the right of unlimited abortion, funded by the taxpayers, up until the moment of birth.”
This aptly sums up the platform of the party that has chosen Biden to be its standard-bearer. It’s astonishing that Msgr. Garrity advocates for that candidate and has called on other Catholics to see Biden as he does.
But CNA noted that in comments directly to the news service and on Facebook, Garrity has retreated somewhat. “I believe that it is a tragedy when a woman of any age decides to end her pregnancy prematurely,” he said at one point. He then added that he is “totally against legalized abortion.” “I am committed to upholding Church teaching regarding the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death,” he said.
He has an odd way of showing it, since Cardinal O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, was forced to publicly rebuke Garrity.
In a statement, the archbishop noted, lay Catholics have “the right to expect the priests of the Archdiocese and those entrusted with handing on the faith to be clear and unequivocal on the Church’s teaching concerning respect and protection for life from the first moment of conception to natural death.”
“This teaching is of the highest priority for the Church,” O’Malley noted.
For Catholics, that should apply not just for priests, but for presidential candidates as well.
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