CNA Staff, Nov 2, 2020 / 10:30 am
Joe Biden has released a video insisting that his personal politics remain in line with Catholic social teaching. In the video, released on the eve of the general election, Biden asserts that he has the “great advantage” of his religious and political beliefs aligning, despite his support for state-funded abortion and his opposition to several legal protections for religious freedom.
“Look, I have the great advantage of my faith, the Catholic social doctrine, and my political views coincide,” said Biden in the video, which was tweeted from his official account Monday morning.
“It’s about, you are your brother’s keeper,” he continued. “It really does matter what other people are going through. I was raised to make sure you look out for the other guy.”
Biden added that he believed the “basic fundamental American values” of “honesty, decency, treating other people with respect” along with treating people equally, were reinforced by his Catholic faith.
If elected, Biden would be the second baptized Catholic to serve as president of the United States.
Biden has frequently referenced his Catholic faith during his political career, and placed his Catholicism at the center of several campaign ads during the 2019-2020 presidential election cycle. Critics of the former vice president have noted that Biden’s candidacy and platform include several positions directly at odds with Church teaching and Catholic institutions.
The Democratic Party platform endorses a right to taxpayer-funded abortion throughout the duration of a pregnancy, and specifically calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions. Biden supported the Hyde Amendment throughout the majority of his political career before reversing his position.
Last year, under pressure from other Democratic candidates running in the primary, Biden announced that he had changed his view on the Hyde Amendment. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Biden’s running mate, took credit for forcing his changed position on this issue.