Vice President Joe Biden performed a gay wedding earlier this month, getting special certification from the District of Columbia to allow him to do so. He also supports the right to an abortion. Both put him squarely against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and yet he remains an active member in good standing.
Westminster Seminary theologian Carl Trueman asks, why doesn’t the appropriate bishop discipline him? Is there anything a Catholic politician could do that would get him in trouble with the church?
Trueman is Reformed, not Catholic, so he sees church discipline as one of the marks of the church. Since, as we have seen, Catholics can go to Hell, perhaps church discipline is not so important in that tradition, though one would think such a possibility would be a matter for pastoral care. How would other church bodies, such as Lutherans, come down on this? [Read more…]