Radically pro-abortion President Joe Biden received Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, last Saturday, despite his own rejection of Catholic teaching on the “intrinsically disordered” nature of abortion.
The self-professed Catholic politician attended the 4 p.m. vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Church on July 24.
Joe Biden has been very open about his support for abortion. He has gone so far as to call abortion an “essential health service” and wishes to enshrine abortion into federal law.
The Church’s Canon Law stipulates that under no circumstances are those who persist in manifest grave sin to receive the Holy Eucharist. “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.”
It was based on this very directive of Canon Law that Fr. Robert E. Morey of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina, refused to give Biden Holy Communion in 2019.
In comments to media in the aftermath, Morey explained his reasons: “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,” he added.
In response, Biden claimed that Fr. Morey’s actions were unique, and even contrary to his experience with Pope Francis: “It’s not a position that I’ve found anywhere else, including from the Holy Father, who gives me Communion.”
Biden’s reception of Communion this Saturday comes on the back of the recent spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Last month, the bishops debated the drawing up of a document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.
Many prelates in the conference warned against such a document, declaring that it would lead to a “weaponization” of the Holy Eucharist if the text were to draw up norms on denying pro-abortion politicians access to the Holy Eucharist.
The proposed document was eventually approved in a vote, with a majority of 168-55.
Days after the spring meeting, the USCCB’s head of the Doctrine Committee, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, announced that the planned document would not be instituting a “national policy on withholding Communion from politicians.”
Indeed, the Jesuit-run church where Biden normally attends Sunday Mass, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the nation’s capital, issued its own statement after the USCCB Spring Meeting, declaring that the clergy there “will not deny the Eucharist to persons presenting themselves to receive it.”
The stance of many figures in the USCCB is contrary to that of Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, who gave an interview in September 2020 in which he referenced Biden, saying that “a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil.”
“I can’t imagine that he would present himself as a devout Catholic,” Burke said. “He has a record which is unfortunately perfect in promoting the attack on the innocent defense of the unborn … He is also not correct on the issues with regard to marriage and the family. The great darkness in our nation comes from the wholesale slaughter of the unborn, the attack on the family, all this gender theory … and now the attack on religious freedom.”
Indeed, after Biden attended Mass at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew on the morning of his inauguration, Austin Ruse, the president of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), wrote: “Joe Biden ate and drank his own spiritual death. That he received the Holy Eucharist from the hands of a Cardinal of the Church adds scandal upon scandal. One radio wag called it a [M]ass for Planned Parenthood. And so, it was.”
The above comes from a July 26 story from Life Site News.
Why does the USCCB even bother to meet? Why did Abp. Cordileone request the document to be formed, on Eucharistic Coherence, if the bishops do not plan to implement it? Why is Church doctrine left for individual clerics to decide, if they will or will not follow it– as with Canon 915? I have, for many long years, wished that our Church leaders would fix their “Vatican II” problems with “individual freedoms to make your own decisions,” and require uniform fidelity and religious practice of the Catholic Faith, for all clergy and laity! That has always been, and always will be, my own viewpoint. This “new” way of doing things, allowing for “individual freedoms to make decisions,” without owing any responsibility and fidelity to Christ– will never work! A terrible mistske! Now, look at all the millions of babies on “death row,” in their mothers’ wombs, down at now-Federally-funded (no more Hyde Amendment!) Planned Parenthood! Has the USCCB no moral conscience at all??
As Pres. Joe Biden is always blasphemously given Holy Communion at Mass at the Vatican, by the current pope– then, what can the USCCB possibly hope to accomplish– on the issue of “Eucharistic Coherence?” The battle against sin is so lost, by the current state of corruption in the Church!
It is not lost. The sheep are being separated from the goats as Our lady of Akita said. Pray we be one of the sheep. Pray for fortitude until the end.
He will then divide them into two groups, the sheep and the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left (Matthew 25:32). He will then say to the people on his right, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father!
How to be a sheep: Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Welcome the stranger Clothe the naked. Look after the sick. Visit the imprisoned. From Matthew 25:34-36
The 7th corporal work of mercy: Bury the dead. it comes from the Book of Tobit.
So, Pres.Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and many other sinful “bad Catholic” politicians, will continue to receive praise and support– and the holy Eucharist– from the Pope and his leading clerics– and those promoting immoral “LGBT” agendas, too, like Fr. James Martin, S.J. But those faithful, quiet Catholics who lead good lives, who love the old Latin Mass, will receive nothing but undeserved, hateful derision, untruthful accusations of “divisiveness,” and the door slammed shut in their innocent faces, as though their sincere Catholic Faith, Christian morality, and faithful, orthodox worship, are worthless. A Church of extreme hypocrisy and evil, badly in need of cleansing, heartfelt sorrow for sin, strong penance, and reform.
Speaking of the bishops’ hypocrisy– Cdl. Gregory has withdrawn his permission, all of a sudden, for a beautiful, solemn, Pontifical High (Latin Tridentine) Mass to be said at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 14, to be televised by EWTN. Many people are troubled by this sudden decision. Cdl. Gregory made it clear, when Pres. Biden was elected, that in the Archdiocese of Washington, Biden would never be refused Holy Communion, at Mass.
While Bishop Callahan suspends Father James Altman for speaking the truth.
And James Martin promotes grave sin and gets pats on the back from the Vatican.
I don’t think Bp. Callahan anticipated Fr. Altman pushing back.
Is Msgr. Burrill the Tip of the Iceberg?
Love to share Fr. Altman’s “controversial,” fantastic YouTube presentation, where he warns people about the evils of voting for pro-Abortion Democrat candidates– like Joe Biden– for President. Too bad his bishop didn’t like it. Bp. Strickland of Tyler, TX, liked it. Now, Fr. Altman’s bishop, Bp. Callahan, is suffering with the filthy, “gay-sex-hookup” priest, Msgr. Burrill, former USCCB Secretary– who is also in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. What will this bishop do with Burrill’s case? Cdl. Burke is originally from the Diocese of La Crosse, and he was once the Bishop there– and was much loved. People used to sing his praises, and encourage me to visit, and later, to see the lovely Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe which Burke personally had helped to build, there. Cdl. Burke later came back, to say a beautiful Pontifical High Mass (Latin Tridentine) there, at his beloved, beautiful Shrine.
The Church is in a very difficult situation. Surveys show about half of Catholics support Abortion, and about 1 out of 3 Daily Mass goers, also support Abortion. We should realize that if the Bishops force that Catholics who support abortion, may not remain Catholics, the Church could lose up to half its population.
So what can be done? First, let’s take the heat off the clergy. One approach might be, before each Mass, to set out small discrete signs in aisles, or hung from the pulpit, proclaiming “You should not receive Communion if you support Abortion”. A similar discrete notice should be placed in every Sunday Church bulletin. Even very small and modest signs could provoke vandals and violence, but it is a step forward – to prod the conscience of those Catholics favoring abortion.
The point is that it must be done with discretion and very carefully, and the opposition must be monitored.
Please, stop blaming Bishops. All of the Church is in a very sensitive position, that means every Catholic, not just Bishops.
One Catholic shrine in California has procures for adult confessions that include all the serious sins, including the breakages of the Commandment, “Thou shall not commit adultery”, which includes artificial contraception, fornication, adultery, sodomy, bestiality, pornography and abortion as serious mortal sins. The priests often tell the people in sermons not to receive Communion if they are in serious sin. They have confessions before all masses. Their giftshop has had orthodox prayer books for the newer and older Roman rite and Eastern. Who knows with this pope?
There is a word for people (many bishops) who expect obedience from those subject to them, yet disobey the law (canon law) that they themselves are subject to. Hypocrites.
Bishops are like politicians. They want people to do as they say, not as they do.
The USCCB is a joke.
Faithful Catholics have the Latin Mass taken away from them, while dissident homosexual supporters and proaborts run around receiving praise for their serious sin. God please have mercy on us.
They promote sodomy and kill babies, what other atrocities would Democratic politicians have to commit before the pope and the USCCB stand up and correct them?
What is wrong in our Church. Good priests preach the truth and are removed from their parishes. Heretical priests and “devote” baby killers get approval. I keep waiting for Jesus to come back and tip over some tables. I know that I’m nowhere close to perfect, but when I sin, I am sorry and I go to confession. I don’t expect approval and applause for my sins. Forgive me father.
When young men look at the examples in our current Church leaders, it is a wonder that we have any vocations at all.
But, vocations are plentiful in the orthodox religious orders.
Why don’t they just make Biden a deacon, so that he can go up to the pulpit and preach his heresies. That’s what they are letting him do in a covert manner. Truth doesn’t seem to matter to our bishops and the Vatican.
By their silence in this matter, the Vatican and the bishops are showing the faithful that the sacrament of confession means nothing at all. Same message that they sent to the faithful during the lockdown. And they wonder while so few have returned. We can’t give up. Our faith is in The Lord and we can’t let Judas destroy our faith. Jesus is testing our faith right now. He will our strength and he will cleanse the Church. We must be patient.
When I saw this picture, I couldn’t help but think of Judas turning Jesus over to his enemies
If priests are going allow sacrilege like this, why do they even bother to lock the tabernacle.
If priest has knowledge that a person has presented himself for the Body of Christ at Communion and has not been to Confession. Would the Priest himself be committing the sin of sacrilege.
We see this happen, and yet we wonder why so few Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
He may do everything he can to promote abortion. He may perform so called “same sex marriages”. He may push gender ideology and allow little children to attempt to change their sex. He may make sacrilegious communions, but one thing that you can say about Joe. At least he doesn’t do something really evil like attend a Latin Mass.
With such “devote” faith, it is surprising not to see Biden receiving on the tongue, while kneeling.
J. Martin is using sarcasm, Mojave. That is why he put the word “devout” in quotes.
Canon Law 915 – Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
Weaponing the Eucharist? How about protecting the Eucharist.
Is there anything anyone could publicly do to be denied Holy Communion given the current state of our Church?
Would this priest give communion to someone wearing a KKK robe to Mass?
Duke, he might.
Now, to someone wearing a Trump or NRA hat (held respectfully in one’s hand during Mass), I’m not so sure.
How about someone who knelt?
The Church in the U.S. today – Father James Altman preaches the undeniable truth and he has his faculties removed. Monsignor Hopkins helps Biden commit sacrilege, and becomes a media darling for the modernists.
The photo in the above article is very hurtful to true, authentic, devout Catholics. It hurts to see the hypocritical priest giving Communion to Pres. Biden, and it hurts to see Pres. Biden receive Communion from the priest. A sacrilege.
“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
Love this holy prayer. It was taught by the Angel (believed to be St. Michael the Archangel) to the child visionaries of Fatima.
Administrator at this church is “Very Rev” Glenn M. Evers. 302-658-4535 (info from the parish website – https://stjosephfrenchst.org/staff) The only email seems to be parishsecretarystjosephfrenchst.org
I send a polite email of my disappointment. Such parishes should be shunned.
And no contributions in the basket. Ouch! That really hurts the bishops…
Dr. Williams– Here is the parish’s email addres that I found, at the top of their latest church bulletin, of July 25th– by clicking on their website address, which you provided– firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry– the correct one is St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church (302) 658-7017. The lady was very nice, and said she would pass my concerns to Msgr. Hopkins.
Here is the correct email address for the church secretary, Ms. Francine Harkins, of St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church: email@example.com
The correct phone number is 302-658-7017. The church secretary was very nice, very gracious, and told me she would pass along my concerns to Msgr. Hopkins. Maybe if lots of people try to express their concerns, politely and with good manners, it might do some good.
And so he receives to his own condemnation, as well as the one distributing. Judas left many offspring.
After reading all the above comments, one can only conclude that the world, and many inhabitants thereof are insane. If sanity prevailed, the photo showing Biden and the priest offering Communion, would not exist.
Please, God, end the madness.
There is no such thing as a self professed Catholic. I stopped reading this article right there since the writer and publisher already telegraphed their poor ecclesiology and bias.
Why are people taking pictures at communion? That is an outrage.
YFC– people take appropriate photos at Mass for good reasons. Photos of First Communions, and many other important events– and now, millions of people can see for themselves, one of “devout Catholic” Pres. Joe Biden’s sacrilegious Communions. A horror and outrage to the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament. We have a very good photo, here, to pray with, for Pes. Biden’s conversion. Light a candle, start praying a Novena for him and Nancy Pelosi’s conversions.
Absolutely disgusting but not surprised this is the church of the New Order. This man in the White House supports abortion and the killing of babies and officiated at a gay man’s wedding, yet traditional Catholics and the Latin Mass are the enemy and evil. Everything is upside down.
After reading through the above comments, I have concluded that there are many wonderful Catholics here who can do the talking much better than I can. I really appreciate the comments about our religious leaders regarding serious sins as not a problem and in contrast regarding the Latin Mass as pure evil. Therefore, I will not have much to say but keep up the good work, folks.
I think all these comments should be sent to Archbishop Gomez to read and send on to all the bishops. I wonder if they would even care.
Biden has brain damage from taking sacrilegious Communions.
Anne TE– Oh, I had a good laugh, after reading this.
Christifidelis, sad to say Biden really does. I have said the prayer for his conversion sent to me by the American Life League, but I think it is already to late.
Did you see some of the interview with him on CNN? Don Lemon had to remind him and correct him several times, and humor him like a child, because he made no sense and got statistics totally wrong. Even the Australians and news people of other countries are talking about how incoherent he is. He even wanders off at inappropriate times.
Anne TE– Biden’s “incoherent” behavior is very famous. Some have said he might have a form of dementia. (Which is sad, if true.) Yes, he surely is in need of our prayers. I very much enjoy Judie Brown of American Life League.
Biden the devout and pious Catholic pro-abortion, pro-sodomy receives Holy Communion, Catholics who attend the TLM and adhere to all Church teachings banned and called divisive, everything is upside down.
Peoples: Let me explain all of this to you. And I am doing this charitably because I don’t really have to do this, but only because informing the ignorant is one of the spiritual acts of mercy, and there seems to be quite a number here.
Here it is: whatever may be the current “outrage” that you’re being worked-up about—whether it be Biden receiving Communion, the latest story concerning another member of the clergy caught in a sexual sin, the latest liturgical abuse you witnessed or heard about in the ‘Novus Ordo Mass’—the proper response is never to use the beautiful Mass of St. Pope John XXIII (that’s the Extraordinary Form for you protestants out there) into a tool to castigate bishops; the proper response is never to use this Mass into a weapon to divide the Church; the right response is never to abuse this Mass by turning it into a tool to manifest your displeasure for Vatican II. All of those are wrong. That would be compounding a grave sin upon another grave sin.
Instead, consider making penances and sacrifices for Biden (if you haven’t yet, but you’ve already condemned him here, then what are you waiting for); consider making a novena for the bishops and for the Pope; consider rosaries for priests. Why don’t you fast. You’re doing those already? Great. Now, why don’t you go to the next level (Our Lord did tell us to be perfect as Our Father is perfect) by quitting your castigating the ministers of the Church anonymously in a blog? It will put a lot of peace in your heart when you do that.
But using the TLM in order to register your “outrage” and displeasure at what’s going on? That won’t cut it. It brought you “Traditionis custodes”, remember?