October 3, 2020
Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado told his flock that a Catholic politician who supports abortion is not a “good standing” member of the Catholic church.
“It is not possible to be a Catholic in good standing and support abortion or assisted suicide, to promote unnatural sexuality, or to seek to push people of faith out of the public square,” Aquila wrote in a column last week.
“Those who do so – Catholic or not – are helping hollow out our culture and contributing to its demise.”
It’s hard to know for sure if Aquila had Joe Biden in mind when he wrote his article, as he didn’t mention anyone by name. Nevertheless, Joe Biden is the most prominent Catholic politician in the United States and he’s not been shy about expressing his full support for the very policies Archbishop Aquila is condemning.
Consider that over the past several months, Vice President Biden has pledged to not only restore millions of dollars to abortion giant Planned Parenthood, but he’s expressed support for abortion all the way up until the moment of birth. He’s also promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, a move that would use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
Fortunately, Archbishop Aquila is not the only bishop speaking out against Catholic politicians who promote the killing of unborn children. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has done so as well.
In a YouTube video released last week, His Excellency called out Biden by name while also noting that abortion is “the preeminent issue of our time.”
“The 2020 Democratic Party platform states that Democrats believe unequivocally that every woman should be able to ‘access safe and legal abortion,’” Paprocki stated.
“Biden [has] pledged to restore the Obama-Biden policy that mandates churches, businesses, colleges, and religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide coverage for abortion pills in their employees’ health insurance plans.”
Paprocki urged his viewers to “keep this preeminent issue in mind as you form your conscience before casting your ballot and pray for our country that we may all live the Gospel of Life.”
Bishop Paprocki and Archbishop Aquila deserve our praise for their courageous witness to truth. If only more bishops spoke up in defense of the Church’s teachings, our great country wouldn’t be in the mess that it is.