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Washington Post under fire for labelling Biden 'very Catholic' in his row with bishops over his pro-choice support

 The Washington Post has come under fire for describing President Joe Biden as 'very Catholic' in an article about his row with bishops over abortion rights.

On Thursday, the newspaper shared the article on Twitter, writing: 'A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights.'

Biden's pro-choice stance on abortion conflicts sharply with the Catholic Church's official view, which is pro-life.  

The article came a day after the Associated Press reported that US Catholic bishops will be deciding at their next national meeting in June whether to tell Biden and other Catholic politicians not to receive Communion if they continue advocating publicly for abortion rights.  

The Washington Post has come under fire for describing President Joe Biden as 'very Catholic' in an article about his row with bishops over abortion rights

The Washington Post has come under fire for describing President Joe Biden as 'very Catholic' in an article about his row with bishops over abortion rights

On Thursday, the newspaper shared the article on Twitter, writing: 'A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights'

On Thursday, the newspaper shared the article on Twitter, writing: 'A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights'

Many social media users criticised the Washington Post's characterisation - both of Biden and of the bishops.  

Some claimed that a person could not be both 'very Catholic,' while others questioned what exactly 'very Catholic' meant mocked what they saw as a media fixation with Biden's faith.

Other users said that it was incorrect to describe bishops whose views on abortion are in line with official Church position as 'right-wing'. 

A few on social media argued that Biden can be both a practicing Catholic with his own private views on abortion, and be against legislating abortion based on religious arguments.

'Biden is 'very' Catholic but Catholics who are pro-life are right wingers. Our media is garbage.'  David Harsanyi, a writer for the conservative magazine National Review, wrote.

'It's not 'ring wing' for a Catholic to follow the Church's definitive and unambiguous stance on abortion nor it is 'right wing' to acknowledge that publicly promoting a gave moral evil puts you in a state of mortal sin that makes you ineligible to receive communion.' a Twitter user named Nick wrote.

'They're sticking to this Catholic thing, aren't they?' Geoffrey Ingersoll, from the right-wing news and opinion site The Daily Caller, wrote.

Bethany Mandel, editor of 'centre-to-right' website Ricochet shared an image of a VHS tape labelled 'Bethany,s Christening'.

'I too am 'very Catholic' according to the Washington Post. See? Very. Catholic.,' she wrote.   

A Twitter user named Phyllis was among those who argued Biden was free to practice his faith without having it influence his decisions as President.

'He is pro-life personally & through faith but pro-choice as to government trying to govern our bodies & choices. Take a seat,' she wrote.

'Religion is a personal choice. It does not entitle anyone to legislate a woman's choices for her own womb. Stop it. Religion is dangerous used a a control mechanism over people, men or women. Believe what you want FOR YOU! Nobody else should be included,' a Twitter user with the handle @BidenHarrisWon2 wrote. 


The comments came in response to the tweet by the Washington Post that accompanied an article titled 'Biden's abortion rights stance triggers coming debate among Catholic bishops on Communion'.

The article said that Biden's religious practice 'is powerful to million of American Catholics' but added that 'to millions of other, a Catholic U.S. president enacting one policy after another in favor of abortion access is a source of shame.' 

Such a stance, by a public figure, is 'a grave moral evil,' according to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Pro-Life Activities and believes it's necessary to publicly rebuke Biden on the issue.

'Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,' Naumann told The Associated Press. 'It can create confusion. ... How can he say he's a devout Catholic and he's doing these things that are contrary to the church's teaching?' 

The Vatican has not ruled on the specific matter of Communion and politicians supporting abortion in a major teaching document, though the church's in-house canon law says people in a situation of persistent sin shouldn't be allowed to receive Communion. It has also issued guidelines for the behavior of Catholics in political life exhorting them to uphold principles consistent with church doctrine. Pictured: Biden attends mass with the First Lady Dr Jill Biden on inauguration day [File photo]

The Vatican has not ruled on the specific matter of Communion and politicians supporting abortion in a major teaching document, though the church's in-house canon law says people in a situation of persistent sin shouldn't be allowed to receive Communion. It has also issued guidelines for the behavior of Catholics in political life exhorting them to uphold principles consistent with church doctrine. Pictured: Biden attends mass with the First Lady Dr Jill Biden on inauguration day [File photo] 

The Vatican has not ruled on the specific matter of Communion and politicians supporting abortion in a major teaching document, though the church's in-house canon law says people in a situation of persistent sin shouldn't be allowed to receive Communion. 

It has also issued guidelines for the behavior of Catholics in political life exhorting them to uphold principles consistent with church doctrine. 

The then-head of the Vatican's doctrine office, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, told U.S. bishops in 2004 that priests 'must' deny the sacrament if a politician goes to receive Communion despite an 'obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,' including the sin of consistently campaigning for permissive abortion laws. 

The Washington Post had not commented on the response to the tweet as of Friday morning. 

2 comments:

  1. Very un-Christian is the word.

    Catholics do not recognize him.

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  2. Look at all the ISRAELIS Biden has installed! Just like TRUMP he takes his orders from TERRORIST Tel Aviv. Not the Vatican.

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