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Cardinal Gregory Slams Biden’s Selective Catholicism

United States: Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, has launched scathing reproach against President Joe Biden, branding him a “selective Catholic” for picking and choosing fragments of Catholic doctrine that correspond with his political program while dismissing others.

During a recent appearance on Face the Nation, Cardinal Gregory was unequivocal, accusing Biden of selectively embracing elements of Catholicism that align with his Democratic agenda while simultaneously disregarding or contradicting others. Specifically, Gregory pointed to Biden’s endorsement of abortion rights and transgender visibility as glaring instances of this choosy adherence to Catholic teachings.

Despite Biden’s outward avowal of faith, his deeds resonate loudly. Just like the second Catholic President and a successor of John F Kennedy, Biden is very firm in the policies he supports, and they are directly contrary to crucial Catholic doctrines. He consistently stands for the legalization of abortion (to an extent more than before), the same-sex marriage bastions, and the “gender-affirming care.” This goes against the dictates of the Catholic Church.

The criticism on the part of Cardinal Gregory exposes Biden’s uncompromising stand on what is considered right and wrong. The compromise for political expediency he created is not consistent with Catholic belief, which is why he disregarded the foundational principles that should shape the faith of every devout Catholic.

The cardinal’s use of the term “selective Catholic” is especially damning, conjuring the image of a cafeteria where one selectively opts for only the most agreeable options while discarding the rest. In Biden’s instance, he seems to be embracing Catholicism on his own terms, conveniently overlooking the inconvenient truths that clash with his political convictions.

However, the theme of Cardinal Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe’s critique does not stop at theological disparities; it extends to the very integrity and authenticity of Biden’s Catholic faith. Being the proponent of policies that rather are against the Catholic creed, Biden may be triggering doubts that he is not really committed to his religious beliefs.

The latest confrontation marking the ground tearing apart the Catholic community is the one between Cardinal Gregory and Biden on the matters pertaining to abortion and LGBTQ rights. While Biden declares himself a devoted Catholic, his practical actions are rather inconsistent with such a confession, likely causing doubt about his fidelity among orthodox Catholic believers.

In the end, the Archbishop’s admonition comes across as a warning that simply going through the motions of religiosity is not enough and, to be authentic, certain beliefs and values that are religiously sanctioned need to be strictly followed. While it is yet to be seen, Biden is in no haste to harmonize his political approach and his faith, and he will keep on facing objection and reproach from those whose hearts reflect on the prevalent understandings of the Church.

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