It’s a simple question: “Does the president believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?” This life-or-death question should elicit a quick, no-brain response from any Catholic, but the president’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, didn’t answer directly:
“Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose? He does.”
President Joe Biden
America’s most prominent Catholic, President Joe Biden, didn’t correct the record. He has stated in the past that he accepts his church’s teachings on life, which suggests that he does believe a 15-week old unborn baby is, in fact, a human being. But he won’t sign any laws that prevent another human being from killing the little one in the womb, even in the most inhumane way.
While Mr. Biden ducks questions on the humanity of a 15-week old unborn baby, two other prominent Catholics are speaking out on the issue.
Justice Clarence Thomas
On the judicial front, Justice Clarence Thomas, who spent 4 years in Catholic seminary, asserted that,
“The notion that anything in the Constitution prevents States from passing laws prohibiting the dismembering of a living child is implausible.”
Thomas was reacting to the Court’s decision last week not to hear a case about protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. Alabama passed a law protecting babies from this inhumane procedure; the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against it; and last Friday, the Court refused to hear an appeal of that decision.
Thomas strongly dissented with letting dismemberment abortions stand in Alabama:
“Earlier this Term, we were confronted with lower court decisions requiring States to allow abortions based solely on the race, sex, or disability of the child. Today, we are confronted with decisions requiring States to allow abortion via live dismemberment. None of these decisions is supported by the text of the Constitution. This case serves as a stark reminder that our abortion jurisprudence has spiraled out of control.”
Because many prominent Catholics in the public square, such as President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, aggressively promote unfettered abortion laws, many Catholic priests, bishops, as well as the laity, question whether these Catholics should receive communion.
Bishop Robert Barron
In response, more progressive Catholics call for “dialogue” on this contentions issue. Bishop Robert Barron pushed back with a charitable, but somewhat pointed response published by the New York Post:
“But here is my honest question: What precisely is there to dialogue about? It’s a question I’ve posed to politicians in the past.”
Bishop Barron has a huge following. He was born into a Catholic Democratic family in Chicago in the late 1950s. He related his experience of speaking to the current crop of Democrats at the Library of Congress two years ago. He attempted to dialogue:
“Would they, I asked, consider the banning of third-trimester abortions? Absolutely not, came the reply. Would they, I pressed, be open to restricting partial-birth abortion, the procedure by which a pair of scissors is inserted into the brain of a baby already in the birth canal? No way, they said.
All right, I wondered, would they be agreeable to supporting born-alive legislation, designed to protect the life of a baby who has miraculously managed to survive an abortion? No, they said. And lest you think this intransigence was peculiar to this particular group, recall that, just a few months ago, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) made a born-alive proposal, and it couldn’t muster enough votes to break the Democratic filibuster.”
As Bishop Barron pointed out, ‘dialogue’ suggests a 2-way street. Sadly, the Democratic Party is intractable on this issue, and our Catholic president has placed his faith in the power structure of a political party at the expense of his soul.