Well, Joe Biden wasted no time in making clear just how committed he is to promoting and funding the murder of innocent unborn children as president.
Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at Biden’s inauguration was restricted to a small number of select individuals. Where normally there would be crowds of hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall, instead there was a field of nearly 200,000 American flags.
The Biden Inaugural Committee invited people to “sponsor” one of the flags, by donating to one of a list of 100 “charities” selected by the committee. If people did not choose one of the charities, their donation would be split equally among them. Among those 100 groups? Planned Parenthood.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood is ecstatic at the inauguration of Biden as the 46th president.
“Today we finally begin a new chapter for our country — one where we begin to take full control of our bodies, our rights, and our futures,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Well, that’s one way of putting it. I’m not sure that the unborn, whose bodies, rights, and futures are violated and stolen by every abortion committed by Planned Parenthood, would agree.
Joe Biden has made clear he plans to move forward swiftly with his radical agenda, through both executive orders and personnel appointments.
On the very first day of his presidency, among the many executive orders he signed was one promoting transgenderism. Using progressive newspeak, the executive order claims to “prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
But behind the non-threatening language about stopping “discrimination” is a far more sinister reality. The executive order, by eradicating the legal importance of biological distinctions between males and females, will eradicate women’s right to privacy by allowing men to enter into women’s bathrooms and changerooms, as well as to compete in girls’ sports, so long as they claim to be “transgender.”
On the issue of abortion, Biden will (and, by the time this column is published, probably already has) reverse the Mexico City Policy, which bars foreign organizations receiving U.S. funding from providing abortions, abortion information, or abortion referrals.
He has also promised to restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood, to repeal the Hyde Amendment (which bans government funding of abortion) and to renew legal action against the Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of Catholic religious sisters who has refused to offer health insurance that provides contraception and abortion in their health plan. Most radically of all, Biden has also promised to codify Roe v. Wade in law.
Biden has also stated that he will advance the LGBT agenda domestically and internationally, promising within his first week to issue a Presidential Memorandum prioritizing the LGBT agenda worldwide. This will have profound impacts on nations and peoples around the world, especially those that revere traditional family values. He will exert the same pressure as he did in Kenya (when VP under Obama), withholding funds until a nation accepts the left’s radical agenda. He is a master of exploitation.
“Catholic” Biden’s and Pelosi’s Extremism
I wish I could say that I am happy to have a “Catholic” as the president of the United States. Biden, however, is cut from precisely the same cloth as far too many of our supposedly “Catholic” politicians – ostentatiously drawing attention to their faith in order to project a wholesome image, while flagrantly violating some of the most fundamental and non-negotiable moral teachings of the Church.
Two of the most powerful Catholic politicians in the country – Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – are among the most rabidly pro-abortion and anti-family politicians in the country. This is a blight on the Catholic Church in the United States, evidence of our failure to teach the faith and to hold our flock accountable.
A few days ago, Pelosi had the gall to criticize pro-life voters who voted for Donald Trump based upon the fact that he was pro-life, saying their votes cause her “great grief as a Catholic” and accusing them of “being willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
“That one issue” is, of course, the systematic, state-sanctioned murder of hundreds of thousands of human beings every year. Pelosi’s own bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, quickly shot back with a statement, pointing out that Pelosi “speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years.”
Archbishop Cordileone also called Pelosi to task for so flagrantly and quickly violating the lofty rhetoric of “unity” and “healing” that the Democratic party has made so much of in recent days. “Speaker Pelosi has chosen this week to impugn the motives of millions of Catholics and others for choosing to make voting on the issue of abortion their priority and accuses them of ‘selling out democracy,’” he noted. “This is not the language of unity and healing. She owes these voters an apology.”
“Our land,” he concluded, “is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”
Archbishop Cordileone’s was not the only statement from a U.S. bishop proclaiming the truth about life and family this week. In a statement responding to President Biden’s inauguration, Archbishop José Gomez, the current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, pulled no punches in proclaiming the fullness of the Gospel, highlighting areas where Biden is out of step with Catholic teaching.
“[A]s pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture,” the archbishop wrote.
“So, 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.”
Good for the archbishop! He continued (and I must quote at length, to give the full flavor of the statement):
For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the “preeminent priority.” Preeminent does not mean “only.” We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.
Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family. It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.
Rather than impose further expansions of abortion and contraception, as he has promised, I am hopeful that the new President and his administration will work with the Church and others of good will. My hope is that we can begin a dialogue to address the complicated cultural and economic factors that are driving abortion and discouraging families. My hope, too, is that we can work together to finally put in place a coherent family policy in this country, one that acknowledges the crucial importance of strong marriages and parenting to the well-being of children and the stability of communities. If the President, with full respect for the Church’s religious freedom, were to engage in this conversation, it would go a long way toward restoring the civil balance and healing our country’s needs.
Unfortunately, the force of Archbishop Gomez’s statement was overshadowed by the fact that the Vatican apparently intervened to delay the release of the statement, allegedly because it was “unduly critical of the incoming administration,” according to The Pillar, a new Catholic news outfit.
According to The Pillar’s report, “the statement was spiked after intervention from the Vatican Secretariat of State, hours before it was due to be released.” “[S]everal American bishops had raised concerns about the statement’s release,” they added. The USCCB statement was eventually released later in the day, but only after Biden was sworn into office, and after Pope Francis issued his own statement, which didn’t specifically address Biden’s anti-life and anti-family policies.
Among those reportedly expressing concern were Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark and Cardinal Blase Cupich. After the USCCB statement was released, Cardinal Cupich took the rare step of publicly criticizing the USCCB on Twitter. “[T]he U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an ill-considered statement on the day of President Biden’s inauguration,” he said, complaining that other bishops were not sufficiently consulted on the content of the statement.
It is an incredibly rare thing for bishops to criticize one another in public. Many bishops adhere strongly to the principle of “collegiality,” by which they mean projecting a sense of “unity” by refusing to publicly air their disagreements. Regardless of whether “collegiality” is a valid principle or not, it is astonishing to me that a cardinal of the Catholic Church would violate it simply because the president of the USCCB had rightly called the Catholic president of the United States to task for supporting the murder of unborn children.
I am grateful to Archbishop Gomez for pushing ahead with releasing the statement, despite the perplexing objections of certain officials at the Vatican, as well as two American cardinals.
Hope for the Future
As I have emphasized in the past, it is very, very important to remember that simply because we do not have a pro-life advocate in the White House, there is no cause for despair.
Abortion rates have been declining for decades now. Despite the fact that President Obama was easily one of the most pro-abortion politicians in history – arguably even more pro-abortion than Biden – abortion rates fell under his presidency.
It is not always easy to figure out precisely why something is happening on the national scale. But it seems relatively obvious to me that one of the reasons that the abortion rate has fallen under pro-abortion as well as pro-life presidencies is the massive success of the pro-life movement in changing hearts and minds at the grassroots level, and in passing numerous restrictions at the state level.
In fact, the pro-life movement passed so many pro-life laws at the state level under the Obama presidency that it is not implausible to argue that having such a radically pro-abortion president actually galvanized and inspired the pro-life movement to push harder and accomplish more than they might have if they had had a strong supporter in the Oval Office.
That is the fighting spirit with which we must approach the next four years. We can expect nothing but opposition from the most powerful office in the land. Well, fine. We don’t need the support of the president. We have tens of millions of committed warriors, who know that the stakes are nothing less than life and death. And we have God Himself on our side.
Infused with the Holy Spirit, we will pursue every opportunity to defend life, pushing forward at the local and state level, preaching the fullness of the Gospel of Life, reaching out in love to women in crisis pregnancy centers, and holding the feet of our elected representatives to the fire, encouraging them to vote pro-life every step of the way, until our nation becomes a nation that welcomes and values every life.