While supporters say Senator Joe Biden provides a crucial Democratic Party link with Catholic voters, others say Barack Obama’s choice for his running mate will stir a debate on Biden’s position on abortion and Catholic teaching.
Biden regularly attends a Catholic church in Greenville, Delaware. While disagreeing with his church’s stance on abortion, Biden is known for supporting other key tenets of Catholic teaching.
“He’s very committed to helping working-class folks and poor people, and that’s what Catholic social teaching is all about,” said priest-journalist Thomas Reese, senior fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington. “So I think he takes his faith very seriously.”
But shortly after Biden was picked, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver told the Associated Press: “I presume that his integrity will lead him to refrain from presenting himself for communion, if he supports a false ‘right’ to abortion.”