In Fr. Edward Meeks’ recent homily given to parishioners at Christ the King parish in Towson, Maryland, he argues that there is one presidential candidate who stands in opposition to Roman Catholic teachings and the teachings of the Bible: former Vice President Joe Biden, in addition to the entire Democratic Party.
Meeks also explains why he’s devoted several sermons to understanding key issues about the 2020 Election. He begins the recent sermon saying,
“It is not my job to tell you how you must vote. We do, after all, still live in a free country with free elections at least for the time being. But is is my place as your priest and pastor to help you see how your vote may or may not line up with the teachings of the church.”
He also said that his comments serve as no endorsement for any candidate on behalf of the church or any Roman Catholic denomination, clarifying, “I’m taking this opportunity to speak with you personally,” sharing his personal view shaped by the teachings of the Bible and the church.
His first allegiance, he says, is to the truth of God and his church, adding, “What I’m going to say is not politically motivated because the stakes involve far transcend politics.”
He added that in giving his homily he was careful not to contribute to the division in today’s society but could not remain silent in light of the violence and vitriol playing out in American streets and throughout social media. He said,
“It is time for faithful Catholics and other Christians to stand up courageously and forthrightly to confront the evil that has overtaken our culture and say enough is enough.”
Referring to mainstream media and Silicon Valley technocracy, Meeks says, big tech and media conglomerates are actively striving to censor the church.
But 2,000 years of Christian principles should instead inform our decisions, he adds, specifically on certain issues that no Catholics can disagree: the sanctity of life, sanctity of marriage, and religious liberty. All three are foundational to our way of life, he maintains.
He also points to a 2012 constitution Pope Benedict wrote, which defined non-negotiable values. The three most imperative are the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, the sanctity of marriage of a lifelong union between a man and a woman, and the importance of preserving religious liberty.
He also quoted a principle from the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution on the modern church, which states,
“At all time and in all places the church should have the true freedom to teach the faith, to proclaim its teaching about society, to carry out its task among men without hinderance and to pass moral judgements even in matters relating to politics whenever the fundamental right of man or the salvation of souls requires it.”
In light of these and centuries of Catholic teachings, Meeks says, there is one presidential candidate who has historically stood in opposition to them: former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. He then listed and expounded on five issues “every Catholic needs to know about ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden,” which do not line up with Roman Catholic teachings.
- Biden is unabashedly pro-abortion, based on his public voting record and support of Planned Parenthood, going back decades. He supports abortion for any reason or for no reason right up to the moment of and after birth, Meeks adds. Biden opposed legislation that required doctors to care for babies who survived abortion. He has also pushed to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which would require all taxpayers to fund abortion. The Democratic Party has become “the party of death,” Meeks adds, and “‘Catholic’ Joe Biden is their standard bearer.” Biden claimed in the first presidential debate, “I am the Democratic Party.”
- Biden opposes the Catholic teachings on the sanctity of marriage. He endorsed same sex marriage in 2012, 3 years before the Supreme Court ruling on the matter. In 2016, while he was the vice president, he officiated a marriage between two White House staffers, both homosexuals, at his home.
- A Biden presidency would be a danger to religious liberty, Meeks argues. Biden has said he would seek to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects rights for Christian adoption agencies and religious ministries from being required adopt children to same-sex couples, or to pay for and provide contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees, despite the fact that these acts go against church teaching.
- Biden has provided support and encouragement to socialists, marxists and anarchists, who promote “soul-robbing ideologies” that lead to the government putting itself in the place of God over citizens. Socialism has been vigorously denounced by 11 consecutive popes, Meeks notes.
- As a high profile “Catholic” politician who has served 47 years in politics, Biden’s positions “seek to subvert and undermine the faith of nominal and poorly catechized Catholics,” Meeks adds, which has given rise to the misinformed effort of “Catholics for Biden.”