WASHINGTON (ChurhMilitant.com) - Communist sympathizer Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race, leaving cafeteria Catholic Joe Biden as the 'Party of Death's presumptive nominee.
The Vermont senator broke the news to his campaign staff before announcing his decision publicly on Wednesday.
"Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice," he said, thanking his supporters.
Sanders described his decision to quit the campaign as "difficult and painful," fueled by the growing realization that his "path to victory is virtually impossible."
Sanders' departure clears the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to challenge President Trump for the White House in November.
Though widely viewed as less radical on fiscal and economic issues than Sanders, on moral and social issues Biden and the self-described Democratic Socialist are one and the same.
Biden is a staunch supporter of abortion, same-sex "marriage" and gender ideology — in fact, he claimed while on the campaign trail that at least three genders exist.
Even while touting the values of the Democratic Party — values diametrically opposed to those of his Faith — Biden persists in calling himself a Catholic.
For example, in a campaign commercial released Feb. 18, Biden highlighted his Faith. A baptized Catholic, he said in the ad that "faith is what has gotten me through difficult times in my life," which included the deaths of his first wife, his eldest daughter in a car accident and most recently his son Beau from brain cancer.
As Biden spoke, the ad displayed black-and-white pictures of the former vice president with various religious figures, including Pope Francis. "Personally for me," he continued, "it's all about hope and purpose and strength; and for me, my religion is just an enormous sense of solace."
"I go to Mass and I say the Rosary," he added. "I find it to be incredibly comforting."
On Oct. 27, Fr. Robert Morey, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina, refused to give Biden Holy Communion. With canon 915 in mind, Fr. Morey in good conscience could not allow Biden to receive without causing scandal, knowing he staunchly supports aborting babies on demand and has been for the past several decades one of the political architects of our nation's Culture of Death.
Morey told the Florence Morning News he had denied Biden Holy Communion, because "any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching."
"Holy Communion," he continued, "signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that." He added that "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."
When MSNBC confronted him on being refused Communion, Biden replied simply, "I am not going to discuss that. That is just my personal life."
As a candidate, Biden has promised to seek to codify Roe v. Wade, a move that could stave off all legal challenges to the decision from Republican-led states.
After much pressure, he also said he would seek to eliminate the Hyde Amendment, a federal law that bars federal dollars from being used to pay for most abortions. Biden had previously supported the Hyde Amendment, but reversed his position.
Nonetheless, Biden is counting on the Catholic vote. In fat, "I am Catholic & I VOTE" is a popular car bumper sticker during election cycles.
"Catholic voters are the largest Christian denomination in battleground states like New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania," explains John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, and a partner in RealClear Opinion Research. "Since 1952, they've voted for the winner in 13 of 17 presidential elections."
Whoever captures the Catholic vote in 2020 will almost certainly win the White House. While Trump has the support of 51% of American Catholics, another 41% say they will never vote for him, and still another 8% say it is unlikely.
The question, then, is will cafeteria Catholics win the day in November, as the Biden forces are hoping, or will faithful Catholics who believe in all the Church's teachings turn out in numbers sufficient to return Trump to Washington?
"If the patterns of recent decades hold, the weekly-Mass Catholics will skew heavily Republican in 2020, as the Christmas-and-Easter Catholics will skew heavily Democratic," says conservative Catholic intellectual George Weigel. Democrats are hoping there are enough "fake Catholics" like Biden to pull them through.