Frank DeFilippo: The Holy War Over Joe Biden’s Candidacy

Frank DeFilippo: The Holy War Over Joe Biden’s Candidacy

Former vice president Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrive at the Milwaukee airport earlier this month. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images The Roman Catholic Church is engaged in a holy war over Joe Biden’s candidacy for president. The breach is more a matter of individual conscience versus church dogma than any widespread schism that would cleave the world’s largest precinct organization, with 223,129 parishes worldwide and more than 17,000 here in America. The issue is not Biden himself, but that durable deal-breaker, abortion, a matter of life and death to some, and a question of personal choice for others. Biden’s position on abortion has evolved over his more than 40 years in public office. He’s voted both for and against the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion. He supported a referendum of the states to repeal Roe v. Wade , and he now supports Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. Many recent polls show that a majority of Catholics ignore Church teaching and believe that abortion, to one degree or another, should be a matter of individual choice and available to those who want it. At the same time, polls show that church attendance has declined significantly as have the number of people who identify generally with religious beliefs. Frank A. DeFilippo And now the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has further muddled the issue and the presidential race. Buried under the layers of opposition to abortion are the […]

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