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The New York Times praised President Joe Biden’s faith on Saturday, calling Biden the “most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century” and crediting him with ushering in a “different, more liberal Christianity,” by publicly attending Catholic Mass — even though Biden has run afoul of Catholic hierarchy for his recent change of heart on abortion.
In a glowing story published late Saturday, The New York Times lavished on Biden for his religious “conviction,” and commended the new president for abiding piously by his Catholic beliefs, even though the Times has often looked askance at other presidents for having similar piety — including, most notably, President George W. Bush, who is a committed Evangelical Christian.
The difference, of course, The New York Times points out, is that, despite the Catholic Church’s strict line on the issue, Joe Biden publicly supports abortion.
“Mr. Biden, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century, regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies,” the NYT writes, glowingly. “And with Mr. Biden, a different, more liberal Christianity is ascendant: less focused on sexual politics and more on combating poverty, climate change, and racial inequality.”
Those “sexual politics” the NYT says, foster “hate” and “division” — so, thankfully, Biden has abandoned them, despite the fact that opposition to abortion is a core aim of the Catholic Church in the public square, as no less than Pope Francis has repeatedly stressed.
Biden’s inauguration speech, the NYT crowed, “was a subtle and explicit effort to show a different vision of a way in which a Christian could imagine themselves as part of a diverse America, one that is defined by these common objects of love, rather than by hate and fear or exclusion.”
Beyond the strange idea that Biden is somehow alone in being religious — George W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter, both of whom served in the last “half-century” wore their Christianity on their sleeves — the story of Biden’s commitment to Catholicism comes just days after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the highest Catholic authorities in America, warned Catholics that the Biden administration’s policy priorities could “advance moral evils.”
“Mr. Biden’s piety and personal story, his moving witness to how his faith has brought him solace in times of darkness and tragedy, his longstanding commitment to the Gospel’s priority for the poor — all of this I find hopeful and inspiring,” President of the USCCB, Archbishop Jose Gomez wrote.
But, the archbishop added, “I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
The New York Times, though, is quite happy with Biden’s outlook.
“While conservative Catholics have doubled down on abortion policy and religious freedom for the past four years, Mr. Biden’s policy priorities reflect those of Pope Francis, who has sought to turn the church’s attention from sexual politics to issues like environmental protection, poverty, and migration,” they said.
The New York Times might have checked its own archives for Pope Francis’ feelings on the subject of abortion. “Is it legitimate to take out a human life to solve a problem?” Francis asked at a Vatican conference, per the NYT. “Is it permissible to contract a hitman to solve a problem?”
Indeed, in his first address to the World Health Organization, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s emissary to the global health organization, announced that the U.S. would repeal the so-called “Mexico City Policy” again freeing up American taxpayer money for abortions overseas.