Presidential candidate Joe Biden was refused the Eucharist by a priest in a South Carolina parish over his support for legal abortion.
Those who have been obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion. – Code of Canon Law 915
On Sunday, Biden attended 9 a.m. Mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina while making a campaign stop.
Pastor of the church Father Robert E. Morey denied Biden the Eucharist for his political stance of supporting legal abortion. He commented on his actions in a statement:
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden. Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations.I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”
Biden declined to comment, saying: “that is just my personal life.” However, he did say: “I’m a practicing Catholic, I practice my faith,” adding that he does not “impose” his beliefs on others.
Biden’s campaigns on the platform of “codifying” Roe v. Wade, and opposing the Hyde Amendment which bars the use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.