Vice President Joe Biden—who according to some rumors may be considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination—recently sat down with a Catholic priest to explain his views on abortion. Biden, a devout Catholic, was interviewed by Father Matt Malone, the editor of the Catholic publication America magazine. When asked about abortion, which the Roman Catholic church adamantly opposes, Biden said unequivocally that he believes life starts at conception
It has been hard, in one sense, because I’m prepared to accept de fide doctrine on a whole range of issues as a Catholic, even though, as you know, Aquinas argued about, in Summa Theologica, about human life and being, when it occurs. I’m prepared to accept as a matter of faith, my wife and I, my family, the issue of abortion, but what I’m not prepared to do is to impose a rigid view, a precise view, rigid sounds pejorative, a precise view that is born out of my faith, on other people who are equally God-fearing, equally as committed to life, equally as committed to the sanctity of life. I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.
He was then asked, “Is there a place in the Democratic Party for people who are pro-life?” To which Biden responded, “Absolutely. Absolutely, positively. And that’s been my position for as long as I’ve been engaged.”
In the interview, Biden was nuanced and articulate about his deep faith, quoting Kierkegaard, speaking about suffering, the role of the Holy Spirit and his thoughts about Pope Francis.
He explained, “Jesus Christ was sort of the human embodiment of what God wanted us to do, and everything Jesus did was sort of consistent with what, generically, we were supposed to do. Treat people with dignity, Mary Magdalene, leper, I mean, everyone’s entitled to dignity, everybody, it doesn’t—that’s a basic tenet in my household.” You can see the full interview here.
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SOURCE: Relevant Magazine