WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vice President Joe Biden officiated a gay wedding in Washington.
The private ceremony took place Monday afternoon at Biden's residence near the Naval Observatory. After the ceremony, Biden tweeted, "Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn't be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys."
Brian Mosteller, one of the grooms, works as director of Oval Office operations, while his partner Joe Mahshie is Michelle Obama's trip coordinator. Only a small group of family and friends attended the ceremony.
The White House says the couple asked Biden to conduct the so-called wedding. It was Biden's first time conducting a civil wedding ceremony. For legal purposes, he received temporary certification from the District of Columbia to supposedly tie the knot.
The vice president was an outspoken proponent of gay marriage in the 2012 presidential campaign. Biden actually announced his support of same-sex marriage even before Obama came out in support of it. Biden went so far as to say, "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights."
During his vice presidency, Biden, a self-styled Catholic, has been grossly unfaithful to Church teaching on moral issues. In spite of being a vocal advocate for abortion and so-called same-sex marriage, Biden still presents himself for Holy Communion, which is forbidden by canon law.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of South Bend was critical of Notre Dame for bestowing such an honor on Biden.
My principal concern about this whole matter is scandal. In honoring a "pro-choice" Catholic who also has supported the redefinition of marriage, which the Church considers harmful to the common good of society, it can give the impression to people, including Catholics in political office, that one can be "a good Catholic" while also supporting or advocating for positions that contradict our fundamental moral and social principles and teachings.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, chaplain to the Knights of Malta, backed Bp. Rhoades' assessment.
[M]ost people will simply conclude that the Catholic teaching with regard to the inviolable dignity of innocent and defenseless human life and the integrity of marriage as the faithful, indissoluble and procreative union of one man and one woman, is not very firm and that it can easily be violated.