We often hear from liberal Christians that their religious beliefs should not interfere with their political ideology such as the question of abortion, religious freedom, contraception and the like. Famous politicians such as Vice President Joe Biden will tell you that “he believes” what his church, the Roman Catholic Church, teaches but he is not going to let this interfere with his political positions on this issue. Listen to Joe Biden and Paul Ryan describe their views on abortion during the 2012 Vice Presidential debate. So, if we are to believe Joe Biden, his religious beliefs and his political beliefs are two separate and different beliefs. This is totally illogical and pure nonsense. Our religious beliefs guide our actions in what we do in private and in public. If you believe Joe Biden then you would, for instance, say that although you’re against rape, you would not vote for a law against rape for political reasons. If you follow the logic of your stance then this would have to also follow.
From the late 1800s to around World War II, the United States was very pro-Eugenics, a philosophy which promotes selective breeding of humans to improve desired characteristics. No less than 31 U.S. states had Eugenics laws in the first half of the 20th century. These laws allowed the government to sterilize a woman, many times without her knowledge. In 1927 there was a famous Supreme Court case of Buck vs. Bell, in which the Supreme Court ruled that a woman could be sterilized by force in accordance with the Eugenics laws. Many American scientists and prominent citizens, such as President Woodrow Wilson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, supported these laws. In 2009 I wrote a short history in this blog about Eugenics in America. Click here to view it. This is a history you did not learn in school, from elementary to the university. As discussed in this article, only the Catholic Church and a few Protestant ministers, such as Billy Sunday, railed against Eugenics. Eugenics is now practically extinct. The credit for this must go to the Catholic Church and to Protestant preachers as earlier mentioned. The same is the case today for abortion. In my Catholic church, you will never hear one word preached about the evil of abortion. The same holds true for most other Catholic churches, and, for that matter, even Protestant churches.
Joe Biden’s position, which is widely shared among liberal Christians, is an abdication of moral responsibility. As for Catholics, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 2272 says this:
2272 Formal co-operation in an abortion constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae’ (76) ‘by the very commission of the offence’, (77) and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law . (78) The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
As you can see, the language is very clear and strong. Cooperation with an abortion is a grave offense. What Joe Biden is saying, then, is cooperation with abortion. If you vote for an abortion law, how can you escape the responsibility of an abortion? So what am I saying here? I’m saying that Christians, and especially Catholics can, if they want to, end abortion. The Democratic Party would fold if all Catholics would say no more. Either you end abortion on demand or we will not vote for you. Watch how fast the Democratic Party would fall in line. Unfortunately, our churches have been conqured by our culture. Watch how nervous a priest or pastor gets whenever they’re challenged on why they never discuss the subject.