The Democrats have issued a web ad featuring Joe Biden proclaiming his status as a "practicing Catholic" and touting Catholic social doctrine, which Biden appears to interpret as welfare state liberalism:
Biden says in the ad that President Obama shares the values of Catholic social doctrine, saying "it's about recognizing the dignity of every man and woman"... Well, yes and no. Yes, Catholic teaching recognizes the dignity of every human person. But, no, President Obama does not share those values, because he is pro-abortion, just as Joe Biden is pro-abortion.
Look, all you need to know about Joe Biden as a "practicing Catholic" is that, when he was first running for vice president, his tax returns showed that he had given away just $3,690 to charity over the previous ten years (about 0.2 percent of his income).
Joe Biden. He doesn't give to his church. And during the time he's been a Senator or Vice President, more than 40 million babies have been aborted in America, a systematic culture of death he's been all too happy to support. Put bluntly, he's either a very bad Catholic, or not a Catholic at all.
As a converted Catholic, perhaps I have either greater insight or greater honesty about this issue. But it seems to me that if you don't give to your church and your don't believe in the central tenet of the religion as announced repeatedly by the last two Popes, John Paul II and Benedict, the dignity of every human life from conception through natural death, then you have no business calling yourself a Catholic, practicing or otherwise. It's a religion, it's not a race. You can choose to believe or you can choose not to believe, but if you don't believe, then you're not a member of the faith, period.
And proclaiming yourself a "practicing Catholic" because you're in a close election where Catholic votes in states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania may be decisive.... well, that's rank and offensive hypocrisy, isn't it?