On October 27, 2019, a Catholic priest in South Carolina (USA) refused to give communion to one of the Democratic Party candidates for the party’s presidential nomination, because of the active support he gives to abortion supporters.
Fr. Robert Morey, parish priest of St. Anthony’s Church in the Diocese of Charleston, during Sunday Mass refused Holy Communion to Joe Biden, the first Catholic Vice President in U.S. History.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” the priest said soberly in a press release issued on October 28, 2019.
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” the priest added.
In the summer of 2019, the former Vice President for Barack Obama, and current Democratic presidential candidate, leading up to the presidential election in November 2020, presided at a public meeting organized by Planned Parenthood, promising—if he came to power—to cancel all the restrictive abortion measures that President Donald Trump enacted during his tenure.
“As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations,” said the parish priest of St. Anthony’s before concluding, “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers."