Last night's vice-presidential debate set a new high for the usual duplicity of the current vice-president. His comments about Catholic institutions not having to violate their consciences and act against their beliefs under Obamacare were a little bit true, BUT he failed to mention that should they adhere to their beliefs and follow their consciences, they will be severely fined - fined to the extent that they will be forced to close their doors to the people in need whom they now serve throughout the country. The U. S. Catholic Bishops issued this statement today about Biden's "misstatement."
Anyone who has followed Biden's unremarkable political career have come to expect not only his penchant for hyperbole, obfuscation, and duplicity, but also his childish behavior (smirking and laughing) while his opponent was engaging in serious debate.
At Mass on EWTN this morning, Father Brian Thomas Becket Mullady O.P, the visiting celebrant, spoke briefly about the responsibility of Catholic politicians on the issue of abortion. He referenced the following quote attributed to Sir Thomas More (speaking against the divorce of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon) in "A Man for All Seasons:"
Unfortunately, politicians, dating back to the self-proclaimed Catholic, Mario Cuomo, either are not in agreement with Thomas More (who was separated from his own head for refusing to compromise his beliefs) or they are just more interested in worshipping the false god of power than in obeying the Sixth Commandment of God (Thou shalt not kill).I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.