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A Courageous Priest . . . Reminds Biden Soul In Peril Despite Others Ducking Issue

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

In the Sunday morning Communion line, a hot-tempered retiree started slugging his wife until she dropped to the floor. The pastor, fearful of creating a ruckus, simply gave the man the Host when he stepped forward, then the wife, too, when she staggered up.
The same sort of attack occurred the following Sunday. The husband was steamed because the Mrs. hadn’t fixed his early breakfast the way he liked.
Another battering on the third Sunday. She had laughed on Saturday when his favorite college football team fumbled away a victory on television, and he still was boiling.
Finally, a member of the parish council took the pastor aside and questioned his ignoring this scandal. The priest snapped back that it wasn’t his job to “weaponize” reception of the Eucharist and sit in almighty judgment against a parishioner whose conscience allowed him to approach for the sacrament.
But, the council member said, it was obvious that man wasn’t properly disposed to come forward for the Body and Blood of Christ. It’s not harshly judgmental to expect him to mend his ways instead of giving this public bad example, and dragging the pastor and congregation in as complicit.
If this hypothetical example seems like everyday good sense about the neighborhood brawler, how about if the Communion offender was a longtime national Democrat politician running for the White House despite being in clear canonical violation of worthiness to receive? And Joe Biden isn’t the only bad Catholic who has been allowed to get away with it, soiling themselves and recumbent churchmen.
The Church isn’t peeping into residential windows at night to see whomever it can embarrass and exclude on Sunday morning. Regretted hidden sins aren’t the same as assertively open, bold violations.
One could argue that some who come forward without hindrance on Sunday actually need repentance before they’re worthy. But they’re not defiant public braggarts of wickedness or high-profile figures giving mortally bad example, seriously misleading others into grave sin.
California’s bad Catholic Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, for instance, or bad Catholic Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, promoting the Culture of Death however they can at a very public and destructive level, are significantly different from a sneak thief maliciously stealing oranges from a tree. To whom much has been given, much is required.
They’re more like the ones who ate the forbidden biblical apple.
Deliberate, large-scale death to millions of innocent preborn babies is among the worst of sins. Personal circumstances for an individual sinner may mitigate the degree of fault, upon consultation with a reliable confessor, but that doesn’t mean a general absolution for atrocity.
However, the Democrat Party fiercely holds permissive abortion to be central to its platform, along with other such grave offenses as “same-sex marriage.” Catholic Democrats who wished the party well should have fought back strongly against the growth of these aberrations, but most of these Dems appeared to have made excuses and looked the other way instead. Getting us to where we are.
They talked themselves into devising a phony moral equivalence in which their politicians voting for more food-stamp funding or government housing erases the guilt and shame of promoting the direct mass bloodletting of defenseless infants.
Biden prattles that he’s a practicing Catholic although he blesses such serious sins as baby massacre and “same-sex marriage” — even having officiated at such a sham ceremony himself. He says he doesn’t want to impose views against permissive abortion on other people, although his chosen political party tries at every opportunity to impose highly controversial and rejected views on the nation however possible.
Indeed, the man he served as vice president for eight years, leftist Barack Obama, proclaimed his intention to fundamentally transform the U.S.
On Sunday, October 27, a South Carolina Catholic pastor, Fr. Robert Morey, denied Holy Communion to Joe Biden on a campaign swing because of the Democrat’s well-known promotion of this massive slaughter. It was a rebuke that Biden obviously needed many more of — but had not received — to awaken him to reality.
Morey issued a simple statement on October 28 on his parish letterhead of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, S.C., that he provided to The Wanderer at our request. It said: “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,” Morey added.
However, Morey didn’t respond further despite this writer’s inquiry: “I think our readers would wonder: Why aren’t many other pastors taking the same position as you regarding Catholic politicians who defy fundamental Catholic teaching and receive Communion unworthily, thereby committing another grave sin? Cardinal Ratzinger gave clear instructions in 2004 showing that your position is the correct one.”

Keeping The Faith

The Wanderer asked a few sources for their reaction to Biden being put on notice.
Constantin Querard, a conservative Republican political consultant who was raised Russian Orthodox but attends a Catholic church in Arizona, said:
“The priest wasn’t involving himself in politics and didn’t seek publicity for his actions; he was simply keeping the faith. In fairness he should deny the Eucharist to everyone who holds the same pro-abortion position as Biden does, except he can’t know who else holds it and priests don’t question you before the Eucharist.
“Biden’s position was very public and something that he brags about, so the priest knew it and acted appropriately. I’m more curious whether or not Biden felt like he was really missing out on something,” Querard said.
“Does he really value the Eucharist or is it just a part of the Sunday service that he does without habit or real consideration? It would be very odd for him to feel an honest sense of loss at not being able to participate, while championing the wholesale slaughter of innocent human life without any trouble to his conscience,” he said.
Northern California conservative commentator and Catholic Barbara Simpson said: “All I can say is, cheers to a courageous and loyal priest who puts his religion above partisan politics. It’s a sad reflection on the clergy that he is the only one to defend the faith.”
Conservative Arizona Republican activists Rob and Mary Haney, a married couple, jointly told The Wanderer that Biden “frequently shows his ineptness or arrogance when not closely monitored to ‘stay on script.’
“A pro-abortion Kennedy or Speaker Pelosi would have ensured that they had a willing priest when presenting themselves for receiving Holy Eucharist to prevent such an embarrassing scene. Tragically, many such weak or faithless priests and bishops stand ready to do their bidding,” the Haneys said.
“Biden’s habit of blundering through life, gaffe after gaffe or worse, should give adequate warning to our voters that there are no true Catholic core values guiding him, and they could expect no more from a Biden presidency,” they said.
“Today in America the Holy Eucharist has become our Catholic ‘border wall.’ It has been crumbling under the faithlessness of the hierarchy; but now a faithful priest, Fr. Robert Morey, has courageously replaced some of the lost steel in that wall,” the Haneys said. “We will remember his name and pray for him, as he will surely be attacked by many from within and without Mother Church. But all of Heaven is smiling on him today.”
Virginia blogger Mary Ann Kreitzer posted at her Les Femmes — The Truth on October 29: “What doctor gives a patient a medicine he knows will make his condition much worse and might even kill him? To receive Communion in the state of mortal sin is a sacrilege which St. Paul warned against. No one may consume the Body and Blood of Christ while he thumbs his nose at Christ’s laws without endangering his soul.
“Under Canon 915 a person who commits manifest grave sins (like politicians who publicly endorse abortion) may not be given Holy Communion,” Kreitzer continued. “A priest who does so commits a serious sacrilege himself. Joe Biden clearly falls in that category. Not only is he radically pro-abortion but he officiated at the ‘marriage’ of a same-sex couple.
“He can call himself a Catholic, even a devout Catholic, but that just illustrates that he’s a liar extraordinaire. . . . Many clergy ignore Canon 915 at their personal peril. Fr. Morey did not. Good for him and for ‘Uncle Joe,’ who needs to know what serious danger his ambition puts him in,” she said. “For what does it profit a man if he becomes president at the cost of his own soul! Pray for Joe and especially for Fr. Morey! We need more priests like him.”
Leftists like Democratic Party pal John Carr, longtime aide to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and now perched at Georgetown University, and James Martin, SJ, quickly started spurting their squid ink to try to obscure the issue and suggest that Morey’s clarity really meant divisiveness or potentially challenging parishioners about a number of their political beliefs including helping the poor.
Martin knows perfectly well that anyone who advocated slaughtering the poor would be as unwelcome for Communion as pro-abortionist Biden, but the sly Jesuit would like to confuse the prudential issue of how best to help them with the outright, direct death of countless abortions. Martin trembled, “Where does it end?” Instead he meant, “How dare you fluster my deadly Dems?”
As of the evening of October 30, dominant media weren’t making the South Carolina incident into the burgeoning scandal in their eyes that they otherwise might. Perhaps they realized it had real potential to hurt the political party they love.
Indeed, the left-wing “fact checker” Snopes site posted on October 30 that it couldn’t even confirm the event had occurred, despite the pastor saying so. Said Snopes: “Unless and until we receive information that corroborates Morey’s account, we are issuing a rating of ‘Unproven’.”

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