The Good Catholic, Joe Biden?

Visiting the Vatican, President Joe Biden sat down with Pope Francis for a 75-minute meeting, the details of which, according to both the White House and the Holy See, would not be released or discussed. Yet, what is significant is the one detail that Biden, a Catholic, in fact only the second Catholic to be elected President, was willing to state. This was namely that Francis told him that he was, in fact, a “good Catholic” who should keep receiving communion.

The reason why this is important is for two reasons. The first is that the President has been a staunch defender of the Pro-Choice position, firmly advocating for abortion despite the Catholic church’s historically firm position against it. This has led to considerable strife as a group of US Bishops and Priests have increasingly pushed back, noting the hypocrisy of the privately Pro-Life/publicly Pro-Choice position that so-called Catholic politicians have adopted, stating that they will not give them Holy Communion if they attend at their church. The second is that it represents an increasing rift that has formed due to Pope Francis’ progressive views that almost seem more concerned with re-capturing the Roman Catholic Churches former prestige by aligning itself with post-modern, woke ideology.

Though there is no confirmation from the Vatican as to if what Biden has stated is true, nor is it likely that confirmation will come considering the statements made by both parties, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was. Yes, the President could be lying, or given to a flight of fancy, as he oftentimes seems to be, but this seems to fall in line with statements made by the Pope previously about weaponizing the Eucharist. Despite firm statements made about abortion, he seems fundamentally opposed to firm positions being taken against the advocates, defenders, and champions of it.

If, as Francis has declared, President Biden is indeed a good Catholic who should receive communion, which declares that the individual and the church are in harmony with one another, the question becomes when does Catholicism cease to be a religion, becoming instead a Culture? Is it now possible to be “ethnically” or “culturally” a Catholic, but not necessarily religiously? After all, by declaring a man who not only consistently undermines the Catholic Churches position on abortion, as well as a host of other issues, standing firmly opposed to religious freedom and biblical principles, a good Catholic, one is left to wonder if there is an objective definition of what it means to be a good Catholic. If there is not, then one is confronted with the reality that, through weak leadership and a failure to adhere to moral standards, there will be a fundamental realignment within the Roman Catholic church.

For Protestants, this may not seem like a matter of concern. Having separated from the Catholic Church beginning with the Reformation in 1517, their theological concerns haven’t been a matter of great concern since the decline of their influence over nations and states. Yet, it should be. Catholic realignment can be a disaster for a number of issues that Protestants and Catholics agree on. Schools, abortion, the sanctity of marriage, the definition of family, there has been alignment that has been mutually beneficial. Now, if they move further in the direction of the so-called Mainstream US denominations, the progressive denominations which have actively undermined biblical Christianity, the implications can deeply impact the course of a great many of these issues.

What’s worse is that this could be the next evolution in the dangerous trend we are witnessing to reshape and reframe the theological landscape. Weakening theological positions have a far-reaching impact. By taking this position, what the Pope is doing is providing further fodder, further ammunition to the enemies of Christendom.

This needs to be a call for all Christians then to take a firm, biblical position. Rejecting the post-modern ideal witnessed so frequently, there has to be a rejection of this idea that the Christian can abide by objective morality privately and subjective morality publicly as if the two can coexist in harmony. When a safe quarter is given to these positions within any church it must be called out, recognized for the lukewarm to outright frozen “religion” that it is, leading others astray.

Though President Biden may, in the eyes of the Pope, be a “good Catholic” who should receive communion, in reality, he needs to be recognized for the danger that he is to religious freedom and biblical principles. Even if Francis can’t or won’t see it, the rest of the world should.



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