Biden quoted philosopher Søren Kierkegaard that “faith sees best in the dark.”
“For me, in the darkest moments, faith provides hope and solace,” Biden said. “It provides clarity and purpose as well. It shows the way forward, as one nation with a common purpose to respect one another, to care for one another, to leave no one behind.”
Biden, who is just the second Catholic U.S. president, often speaks of the influence of his faith on his life.
However, in his first two weeks as president, Biden has already allowed for U.S. funding of international pro-abortion groups, has taken steps toward funding of domestic pro-abortion groups, and had pledged to codify the Roe v. Wade decision; the 1973 Roe ruling legalized abortion nationwide.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told EWTN News Nightly on Wednesday that these actions were simply “delivering on promises he [Biden] made on the campaign trail.”
As a candidate for president, Biden supported taxpayer funding of abortions, reversing his long-standing support of the Hyde amendment; that policy blocks the use of taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions.
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During his presidential campaign, Biden also promised to reinstate a policy that would require the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide coverage of birth control and abortifacients in their employee health plans; the act would effectively reignite a court battle with the sisters, who have said it would violate their religious beliefs.
Biden has also taken actions on racial equity, immigration reform and the environment that have been praised by U.S. bishops.
When asked by EWTN News Nightly on Wednesday if Biden will “use his faith to guide him in policy decision-making,” Psaki declined to answer directly; she noted that he attends church “nearly every weekend” and that going to church is important to him personally.