I wish to reply to some recent letters concerning the upcoming presidential election.
In his letter to the editor of September 9, Warren D. Golightly describes Joe Biden as “A practicing Catholic his entire life.” I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Golightly’s characterization, based upon a review of Mr. Biden’s actions. First, Mr. Biden supports abortion, which is in direct contradiction to Catholic teaching. In his campaign for president, Mr. Biden was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the largest single abortion provider in the United States. That Mr. Biden’s position is contrary to Catholic teaching can been seen when he was refused Holy Communion at a South Carolina church in 2019. The priest, Father Robert E. Morey, stated, “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
Second, Mr. Biden officiated at a “wedding” between two homosexual males in Washington, D.C. in 2016. This is against Catholic teaching in two areas. First, in general, only a bishop, priest, or deacon can witness a wedding as the Church’s representative. A layperson can be the official representative only in special instances, none of which apply here. Second, the Church holds firm to the biblical teaching that marriage is reserved to being between a man and a woman and that homosexual activity endangers the immortal souls of those who engage in it. While I do not know the state of Mr. Biden’s soul (only God knows), it is clear that his actions are not that of a practicing Catholic.
Next is the assertion that the Democratic Party is “inclusive” (Robin Young’s letter of August 15). Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has stated that every Democrat needs to support abortion rights, it is a not negotiable. Further, Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential candidate, during the confirmation hearing for Mr. Brian Buecher as a district judge, repeatedly questioned his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization. His membership was repulsive to Ms. Harris. Other examples abound, but clearly, if you are pro-life or a member of the Knights of Columbus, you are not welcome in the Democratic Party and thus, it is not “inclusive.”
Finally there is the discussion that the Democratic Party can bring healing and unity to the nation (Astrid Willemsma’s letter of August 14 and Sandra J. LeDrew’s letter of September 22). Despite these claims, the Democratic Party cannot bring healing and unity to the nation. In my estimation, neither of the major political parties in the upcoming election can bring healing and unity, because the country itself is severely divided. Issues like abortion, school choice, the economy (among others) have sharply divided the United States. The major political parties have stands that are polar opposites with no compromise possible. From my reading of United States history, I believe that we have not been this divided since the 1840s and 50s when slavery was the main issue.
To conclude, a vote in this coming election is not about trying to heal and unite the country since, as I said, the country is sharply divided. The election is about which direction the country should take. That is what each of our votes represents, a direction for our country.