Former Vice President Joe Biden, currently the front-runner to challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s election, was reportedly denied communion at a Catholic Church in South Carolina over the weekend because of his stance on abortion.
The Florence Morning News reports that Biden, a lifelong Catholic, was denied the Holy Communion by Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church in the upstate South Carolina city of Florence when the candidate attended mass on Sunday morning.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Morning News via email. “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.”
The Biden campaign refused to confirm his attendance at the church Sunday, telling the newspaper that if he did so it was in a private capacity. He was in South Carolina to attend a criminal justice reform forum in Columbia.
Biden has long maintained a somewhat squishy position on the contentious issue of abortion. He has said he supports Roe vs. Wade, but has voted to limit late-term abortions and said taxpayers should not be funding the procedures.
The Catholic Church’s stance is unequivocal – life begins at conception and abortion is never acceptable.