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Catholic bishops forget that Biden is President-elect, not Pope-elect

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Joe Biden is about to become America’s second Catholic president. JFK was the first, and when Kennedy ran for president in 1960, his religion was controversial because some people worried electing him would put the Church in charge of our government. (That didn’t happen, and won’t happen under Biden, either.)

Meanwhile, “Some Roman Catholic leaders are voicing their concern that President-elect Joe Biden would enact policies that would create ‘confusion’ about what the Church teaches,” the Daily Mail (read story here) says, and some Catholic bishops are forming a group “to respond to some of the worries [they] had towards Biden.”

“The president-elect has given us reason to believe that his faith commitments will move him to support some good policies. This includes policies of immigration reform, refugees and the poor, and against racism, the death penalty, and climate change,”

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. But, he added,

“He has also given us reason to believe that he will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include: the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe vs. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our preeminent priority of the elimination of abortion.”

So what? It’s none of their business. Only 23% of Americans are Catholic, and most of them practice birth control, which is contrary to Church teachings. They should look after their own house first, before worry about the rest of us.

And the point here is “the rest of us.” We elected a president, not a pope. We want him to uphold the Constitution, enforce federal laws, and govern for all Americans, not inflict Church teachings on the 77% of us who aren’t Catholics. To suggest Biden has any obligation to follow Church teachings in his presidential decision-making flies in the face of First Amendment separation of church and state.

On top of that, Biden owes only a little to Catholic voters, who supported him over Trump by only 52%-47%.

Photo: Confused? We can help. The tall guy on the left is the incoming U.S. President who will preside over a secular, religion-neutral government; the short guy on the right is the Pope who presides over the Catholic Church. If you need additional assistance regarding their distinctive roles in society, read the separation clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution again.

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  1. Mark Adams #
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    Kt is their business. They still have the inquisition. The pope and others have the power of excommunicating members. Not likely that will happen but it could. If it did would the US break diplomatic ties with the Vatican? And there could be issues with Italy. Would leaders from South America, Central America and Spain speak with a excommunicated President?

    So when will we have our first Mormon President? Jewish? Islamist?

    From the Church’s point of view Biden does have an



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