Martha Raddatz: How much of a role does your religion play in your life as a politician?
Joe Biden: To answer your question, Martha…
How much does Catholic social teaching actually inform Joe Biden’s political judgment?
We saw yesterday that his administration’s policies do not exactly square with the principle of subsidiarity. Now, what about the other core principles of Catholic social doctrine?
The answer should be clear. By forcing Catholic institutions into a position where they may have to shut down rather than violate their consciences over the HHS mandate, the The Obama/Biden administration blatantly mocks Catholic social justice.
First and foremost, by expanding coverage for surgical abortion and abortifacient drugs, and by ordering conscientious objectors to pay for that coverage, they show no respect for the dignity of the human person, which is the focal point of all human justice.
Biden says he accepts the Church’s teaching on abortion as a “de fide” doctrine. Yet if this is what he believes, then he also believes what the Church teaches when it says that we should oppose abortion in all instances because it simply is murder. In effect, Biden says, I believe murder is wrong, because my faith tells me that, but I don’t want to impose that view on the rest of society.
He also believes, as the informed Catholic that he says he is, that Catholic charitable institutions should be required to pay for acts of murder by abortion. How does this square with social justice that he says informs his political views?
Furthermore, the administration’s HHS mandate violates the principle of the common good. Every individual member of society has the duty to contribute to the welfare of society and the right to benefit from that welfare. I suppose it could be argued that universal health coverage aims to do just that. However, by forcing Catholic institutions to pay for abortion and abortifacient drugs, they leave these institutions with little option but to drop their insurance policies or to just shut down. Several institutions have already dropped their coverage and many have said they would have to discontinue their operation if the the mandate were not reversed.
By alienating these institutions in this way, the government assumes the control of public welfare, and dispenses with the citizen’s right and duty to participate effectively in the common good. In doing so, they do away with the social justice principles of subsidiarity and solidarity; basically, they completely disregard every principle of Catholic social teaching through their own policies, which they say are informed by Catholic social doctrine.
It is utterly dishonest for the dissenting Catholic to say he’s pro-choice and yet still accepts and upholds Catholic social teaching. These Catholic politicians need to stop deceiving their fellow Catholics and other people in this way and either get with the full program or just stop promoting themselves as good Catholics. They are not.
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