Biden’s Bishop Silent on Whether Pro-Abortion VP Should Receive Communion

November 8, 2012 - 7:55 PM

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Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Catholic bishop of the diocese of Wilmington, Del., would not say whether a fellow bishop’s contention that Vice President Joe Biden, who supports abortion and gay marriage, should know “he ought not to be receiving Communion” was correct or incorrect.

In early October, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs was interviewed in The Colorado Springs Gazette and was asked, “If Vice President Joe Biden, who is Catholic, were to swing through Colorado Springs on a campaign tour and attend your Mass, would you deny him Communion?”

Bishop Sheridan said, “He should know, and I would do everything I could do to make sure that he knows, he ought not to be receiving Communion.”

The interview discussed some of the issues that the Catholic bishops describe as “non-negotiable,” meaning that faithful Catholics, including Catholic politicians, must oppose. These include abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, and homosexual marriage. In the interview, Bp. Sheridan said he would add defense of religious liberty to the list, specifically in reference to the Obamacare regulation that requires nearly all health insurers to offer contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.

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Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Catholic bishop of the diocese of Wilmington, Del.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) describes that mandate as a violation of religious liberty and an “unjust law.”

In reference to Biden and Catholic politicians who are on the wrong side of some of those non-negotiable issues, Bp. Sheridan said, “It’s clear to me that the Code of Canon Law, Canon 915, says that a Catholic politician who publicly espouses positions that are contrary, not just to any teachings of the Church, but to serious moral teachings, should not receive Holy Communion until they recant those positions publicly.”

Joe Biden strongly supports the Obamacare mandate and abortion and gay marriage. At his home in Wilmington, Del., Biden reportedly regularly attends St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church in Greenville, Del., which is part of the Diocese of Wilmington, and also sometimes attends St. Patrick Church, also in Wilmington.

CNSNews.com sent e-mails to Bishop Malooly, to his chancery office, and to the diocese’s communications director, Robert Krebs, providing the full statement by Bp. Sheridan about Biden and asking the following question: “Is Bishop Sheridan’s statement that Biden ‘should know’ that ‘he ought not to be receiving Communion’ correct or incorrect?”

Despite CNSNews.com’s inquiries, Bp. Malooly did not respond.