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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - As Joe Biden courts Catholics and evangelicals, and the media confirms him as a "man of faith," prominent Catholics are uncovering hypocrisy in his campaign.
Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is painting himself as a devout Catholic, with the help of Democrats and the mainstream media.
Chris Coons, the Democratic senator from Delaware, explains the strategy being played out, touting Biden's religious credentials.
"I think there's [sic] millions of white Catholics and white evangelicals who can look at Joe Biden and say, 'This is a man whose life has been touched by grace, who has been sustained through faith and who respects me,'" said Coons.
Coons and other Democrats are banking on the hope that there are enough self-proclaimed Christians ignorant of their Faith (or who reject major tenets of it) to buy the narrative.
"Yeah, we may not agree on every application of ... doctrine to policy, but I know this is a guy who knows the words to hymns, who knows passages from the Bible, who respects other faiths and for whom the very idea of faith is central to who he is," Coons said.
The new overseer of faith engagement for the Biden campaign, Josh Dickson, is determined to paint Biden as a man of religious faith.
"Vice President Biden has stood and fought for these values — loving our neighbor, caring for the poor and vulnerable, fighting against injustice and oppression — his entire career. We are going to go after every vote," Dickson contends.
The pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, self-proclaimed Catholic who declared that "there are at least three" genders is hoping his cafeteria-Catholic message will resonate in battleground states.
In a television commercial for his campaign, Biden awkwardly narrates the story of his faith over spiritual-sounding music, with images of the former vice president praying alone and with groups of people.
"To me, my religion is an enormous sense of solace. I go to Mass and I say the Rosary. I find it to be incredibly comforting," he says, as photos show him holding hands in a circle with fellow politicians.
During a CNN town hall meeting in February, Biden told a pastor who recently lost his wife, "I'm not trying to proselytize, I'm not trying to convince you to ... share my religious views. But for me, it's important because it gives me some reason to have hope and purpose."
The Associated Press reports that Biden is ready to "claim the moral high ground" in order to "chip away at Trump's base by appealing to pockets of conservative faithful."
Yet observers note the contradiction of Biden departing from Catholic teaching to declare abortion to be essential health care, to personally perform so-called same-sex weddings, to assert he will resurrect Obama-era policies forcing faith-based employers to cover contraceptives in their health care plans and to pledge support for Black Lives Matter — an openly Marxist, pro-LGBT organization that seeks to disrupt the nuclear family.
To faithful Catholics, this is a clear, anti-Catholic agenda.
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.
"He is a walking and talking scandal to his Catholic Faith and has rightly been refused the Eucharist because he persists in ongoing mortal sin, thus separating himself from communion with the Church," said the priest. "He scandalizes the Catholic faith in so many ways that, objectively, he actually seems anti-Catholic in his beliefs."
Imbarrato also mentions Biden's support for population control, racist policies, promotion of so-called same-sex marriage and his stance condoning the killing of preborn children (through abortion) and seniors (through assisted suicide and euthanasia). "No Catholic can vote for Joe Biden," he says.
Father Michael Orsi, who serves as parochial vicar for St. Agnes Parish in Naples, Florida, is puzzled as to why bishops refuse to uphold the Church norm forbidding the Eucharist to pro-abortion politicians.
"The failure on the part of most bishops to enforce the sanction is, in fact, more scandalous than Biden's positions," he comments.
The specific sanction is specified in canon 915 of the Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law and was confirmed by Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict) in a 2004 memorandum to the U.S. bishops, reminding them that "a politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion laws" must be informed he is not to receive Communion.
"The Devil has made his home among the leadership of the Democratic Party for some time now," asserted Orsi, "and [he has] found it a most hospitable environment."
To Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, the question of voting is clear.
"Not only can Catholics not vote for Biden in good conscience, but they can't vote for Democrats, period. And neither can anyone else," he states unequivocally. Pavone urges, "It's time to stop pretending we can be neutral. The Democrat Party has set itself up against the Church, against the unborn and against America."
"They do not deserve one ounce of power in this country, and anyone who gives it to them shares the guilt of all the evil they do. And that starts with our religious leaders," he added.