The president of Catholic Vote accused President Joe Biden of sowing “confusion and discord” within the Catholic Church over his refusal Wednesday to explain why he supports abortion as a Catholic.
“President Biden’s response to a reporter’s questions to him about his support for abortion while wearing ashes on his forehead is utterly disappointing,” Catholic Vote President Brian Burch told The Daily Wire in a statement. “Today, Catholics are reminded that we are ‘dust, and to dust [we] shall return,’ and the season of repentance begins as we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord.”
“Biden continues to create confusion and discord by openly touting his faith while promoting pro-death policies that all Catholics are called to reject,” Burch added.
According to White House pool reports, the president “prayed and met with a cardinal” on Wednesday morning. He told reporters that he gave up “all sweets” for Lent, saying, “I start off with dessert. No ice cream, nothing.”
Video footage shows EWTN reporter Owen Jensen confronting Biden about his continued support for abortion, though the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is “a crime against human life.”
“As a Catholic, why do you support abortion,” Jensen asks.
“I don’t want to get in a debate with you on theology,” Biden responds. “I’m not going to make a judgment for other people.”
“But you’re Catholic,” the reporter continued, as the president moved on to another question.
REPORTER: "As a Catholic, why do you support abortion?"
BIDEN: "I don't want to get in a debate with you on theology, but you know…I'm not going to make a judgement for other people."
REPORTER: "But you're Catholic!" pic.twitter.com/KR7njW1cW9
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The White House did not respond to The Daily Wire’s requests for comment.
Biden has repeatedly been criticized for embracing abortion as a Catholic. Media, lawmakers, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki describe him as a “devout Catholic” when discussing his abortion stances without noting his divergence from Catholic teaching.
Though he has frequently referenced his Catholic faith throughout his political career, Biden heads a pro-abortion administration in which radical legislation, like the Equality Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act, is championed. He has also called for Roe v Wade, the monumental Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, to be enshrined into law.
Biden formerly referenced his faith as a reason for his pro-life votes in the Senate earlier in his career, but he changed his stance on the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger, on the campaign trail in 2019.
The Biden administration has not said that there should be any limits on abortion at any point during a pregnancy, and Biden’s continued support for abortion has prompted strong condemnation from Catholic leaders like Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Pope Francis, who frequently condemns abortion, has not openly critiqued the president’s abortion stances.
Biden privately met with Pope Francis in October and said that the pope “was happy I’m a good Catholic” and said Biden “should keep receiving communion.”
The Vatican did not confirm or deny this report, though top-ranking Vatican officials warned United States bishops not to vote to deny the president communion based on his anti-Catholic stances.