"The Roman Catholic bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, urged Democratic nominee Joe Biden to rethink his support of abortion in light of the fact that God is going to judge him.
“A question for Mr. Biden,” Bishop Rick Stika tweeted Sunday. “At your judgement before God, how will you explain changing your position about abortion and how will you explain promoting no limits and allowing all protections removed protecting the most innocent?”
“Will you tell God you supported the ultimate child abuse because of the American] Constitution?” Stika added. “I wonder what God must have asked many leaders throughout the centuries? Government over human rights and the taking of innocent lives. Many Catholics will need to answer this the first of many questions about the poor, the starving etc.”"
"Stika seemed to question the authenticity of Biden’s faith and went so far as to blast his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as “an anti-Catholic bigot.”
“Don’t understand how Mr. Biden can claim to be a good and faithful Catholic as he denies so much of Church teaching especially on the absolute child abuse and human rights violations of the most innocent, the not yet born,” Stika tweeted, adding, “And he also praises his sidekick who has shown time and time again in senate hearings that she is an anti-Catholic bigot. So sad for this team.”
"In 2019, Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina, reportedly denied Biden the sacrament of Holy Communion because of his abortion views. As The Daily Wire reported:
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church told SCNOW. “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.”
“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey added."
The question in this matter is not whether a politician or jurist should separate his or her personal views from the task of formulating law or judging cases. It is clear that they must if we are to have a secular state in the US.
No. What these priests are talking about is the internal responsibility of the clergy to call to account supposed Catholics who want to claim membership in The Body of Christ while simultaneously and publicly defying the teaching of the church. There are quite a few of these, Giuliani, the Cuomos, Biden, etc. To justify this behavior a false category of "flexible" Catholics is created to justify the hypocrisy of political personal commitment to anti-Catholic behavior while claiming to be a devoted child of The Church
Catholicism is not anything like a Chinese restaurant menu in which one choses one item from Column One, two from Column B. Perhaps you might prefer the analogy of a restaurant buffet.
Catholicism is a hierarchical religion. Its body of teaching, what Feinstein call "dogma" is not negotiable in its elements.
To avoid total hypocrisy anyone claiming membership must accept it all and abjure advocacy of anti-Catholic actions or should publicly depart the church.