President Joe Biden has already faced some criticism from the faith community over his pro-abortion agenda.
This week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki found herself in a difficult position when a reporter called on her to explain the apparent disconnect between Biden’s support for abortion and professed Catholic faith.
“This is an incredibly difficult thing”
“Why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teachers abortion is morally wrong?” asked EWTN reporter Owen Jensen.
Psaki apparently did not appreciate the question and, instead of providing a direct answer, suggested that Jensen was not qualified to address the issue because he is a man. “I know you’ve never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant,” she shot back. “But for women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes their rights should be respected.”
Perhaps the White House mouthpiece did not want to directly answer Jensen’s question because there is no answer that will make Biden look good.
The president has long claimed to practice Catholicism, but his support for abortion has also been unwavering. For its part, the Catholic Church has made it consistently clear that abortion is antithetical to church teachings.
Politics vs. faith
Catholic Democrats like Biden have to walk a thin line to avoid political or religious blowback. Others, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also appear to be on thin ice.
It seems that Psaki does not want to deal with the incendiary topic, opting instead to demean the reporter who asked about it.
If the church takes a more hardline approach on the matter, it could have devastating consequences for Democrats.
With the recent success of a Texas anti-abortion law, the controversial topic is sure to remain in the headlines for weeks to come. It remains to be seen whether Democrats will stir up any more trouble with the church.
Of course, with Pelosi’s proposal of an expansive abortion rights package, it seems that if there ever were a time for the Catholic Church to speak up, that time is now.