Last I checked, the pope has not issued a papal bull approving same-sex weddings. To be honest, I haven’t checked at all, because I’m not a Catholic. But Joe Biden is.
“We all practice the same basic faith but different faiths,” said Biden. “I happen to be a practicing Catholic, and I grew up learning from the nuns and the priests who taught me what we used to call Catholic social doctrine. But it’s not fundamentally different than a doctrine of any of the great confessional faiths.”
Over the Memorial Day weekend, Biden officiated the wedding of a DNC staffer. A same-sex wedding. (NTTAWTT, if Biden wants to do it, more power to him. That’s called “tolerance,” by the way. Nobody is forcing him to do it, or not to do it. We might not say the same thing about the baker or the photographer, however. In any case, my political and faith positions against legally-recognized same-sex marriage are well known. But Biden’s argument won’t be with me.)
This isn’t his first rodeo joining two bulls either. Last year, Biden oversaw the nuptials between “Brian and Joe,” two “longtime White House staffers,” at his home.
See, I don’t think Uncle Joe really understands the meaning of being a “practicing Catholic,” and squaring that with his actions. Just to clarify what being a “practicing Catholic” entails, here’s some guidance from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The natural structure of human sexuality makes man and woman complementary partners for the transmission of human life. Only a union of male and female can express the sexual complementarity willed by God for marriage. The permanent and exclusive commitment of marriage is the necessary context for the expression of sexual love intended by God both to serve the transmission of human life and to build up the bond between husband and wife (see CCC, nos. 1639-1640).
For several reasons a same-sex union contradicts the nature of marriage: It is notbased on the natural complementarity of male and female;it cannot cooperate with Godto create new life; and the natural purpose of sexual union cannot be achieved by asame-sex union. Persons in same-sex unions cannot enter into a true conjugal union. Therefore, it is wrong to equate their relationship to a marriage.
There is to be no separation between one’s faith and life in either public or private realms. All Catholics should act on their beliefs with a well-formed conscience based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition. They should be a community of conscience within society. By their voice and their vote, they should contribute to society’s welfare and test its public life by the standards of right reason and Gospel truth. Responsible citizenship is a virtue. Participation in the political process is a moral obligation. This is particularly urgent in light of the need to defend marriage and to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions as marriages.
Nope. Nothing in there about officiating gay weddings. So I guess that closes the book (and the Book) on Biden’s claim to be “practicing” any form of Biblical Christianity. But he’s getting really good at saying things like “you may kiss the groom.”