Critics have discharged the Washington Post for publishing an article describing President Biden as “deeply Catholic” in his analysis of the debate on whether the president should continue to receive communion in light of his support for certain abortion policies .
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of drafting a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist as debate rages on Biden’s position on abortion. In the 2020 presidential election, Biden appeared to take more pro-choice positions, including his overthrow of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to subsidize abortions except in cases of rape, d ‘incest or when a woman’s life is in danger, noting that he could “no longer support” the amendment. The Catholic Church has long cemented its pro-life stance. The president said he personally opposes abortion, but does not believe in imposing this position on Americans.
“Biden has been arguably the most observant president in decades, and his faith is central to who he is,” Washington Post’s Matt Viser wrote in his article on Friday. titled, “Biden, deeply Catholic president, at odds with many American bishops.” “He rarely misses mass. He signs himself in public. He quotes scriptures, quotes hymns, and grabs rosaries before key decisions.”
“But now the country’s most prominent Catholic disagrees with many American bishops in his church,” Viser added.
Twitter users scoffed at the framing of the article, arguing in part that the Post set the godliness bar too low for Biden and that his demeanor isn’t quite reminiscent of a traditionally devout Catholic.
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“So, according to WaPo, all you have to do to be ‘deeply Catholic’ is attend Mass, cross yourself and ‘use rosary beads’ (??),” the editor wrote. federalist politician John Daniel Davidson. “It doesn’t matter, you know, actually believing what the Church teaches and submitting to its authority. For these people, religion is an affect, nothing more.”
Many other religious social media users agreed the Post’s analysis was irrelevant, saying that while Biden may perform Catholic rituals, his stance on abortion is deeply at odds with the Church.
Media analysts were equally blunt in their assessments, noting that the Post’s report appeared to be light on research.
“The story is an outright lie from headline to the last line,” Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center told Fox News. “No, Joe Biden is not a ‘deeply Catholic president’ or a ‘Catholic icon’ on par with the Pope, as this propaganda claims. He supports abortion funding, so he openly opposes it. ‘one of the key beliefs of his so-called faith. There is literally no voice criticizing Biden for it anywhere in history.
“It wasn’t until the 28th paragraph before the author explained how Biden’s pro-abortion stance” caused some bishops to deny him Communion, “” Gainor continued. He added that “Catholic schools did not allow him to speak” and he caused an “uproar” in Notre Dame. Yet the Post considers him “the most prominent Catholic in the country” and then admits that his “public positions go against the doctrine of the church.” Is it any wonder that the bishops want to take action against him to undermine their faith? ”
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Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway also dismissed the report for what she described as glaring omissions about the Catholic faith.
“Time and time again, the corrupt media just don’t understand religion,” Hemingway told Fox News. “As part of its daily advocacy on behalf of Biden, the Washington Post attempted to claim that signing himself was a much more important indicator of his Catholicism than adherence to actual doctrines, including clear, consistent and strong opposition. long history of the Christian church in the murder of innocent children, whether born or unborn.
“The Roman Catholic Church obviously doesn’t care if the members are liberal, but it has every reason to care if prominent members create a scandal by using their positions of power to support the murder of children, a blatant rejection of clear, consistent principles and longstanding religious teaching, ”she continued.
“The mainstream media continues to cover issues related to a belief shared by 1.5 billion people as if it were a niche hobby of an isolated tribe,” wrote freelance journalist Drew Holden.
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It was not the first time the Washington Post had come under fire for calling Biden a “devotee.” In an April report, the outlet was criticized for tweeting that the “very Catholic” president was fighting with “right-wing” bishops over abortion.
When asked for his opinion on whether he thought he would be denied Communion, Biden told reporters on Friday: “This is a private matter and I don’t think it will happen. “