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We can’t serve two masters

To the editor:

The Democratic Platform of 2016 and 2020 included a disregard for the sanctity of human life, the redefinition of marriage, religious liberty vs. LGBT agenda, conscience rights in health care and the silence of the role of God in government.

Joe Biden’s beliefs changed as the Democratic Party evolved into what it is today. A few examples are that early in his career he was strongly pro-life and that believed that marriage was between a man and woman.

As a candidate, Biden was refused Holy Communion while campaigning in Florence, S.C. The priest, the Rev. Robert Morey of St Anthony Church stated, “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of church teaching.” (Washington Times.)

In August 2020, Biden became the official nominee of the Democratic Party. During this time the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the shepherds of the faithful, the ones to feed truth and care for the souls entrusted to a moral body were silent. It wasn’t until Jan. 20, 2021, the date Biden was sworn in as president, that the council of bishops warned of Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies, that he would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage and gender.”

The last 10 vicars of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI being the last, have stated socialism is “evil.” (The Rev. James Altman)

On Oct. 29, Biden met with the bishop of Rome (the pope), and the topics were COVID, poverty and climate change. The pope devoted his attention to worldly matters, approving of socialist and Marxist ideals and global governments. As socialists-Marxists, both men did not acknowledge that God, the creator, is in charge of the climate and all things. When speaking with reporters after his meeting, Biden stated that the pope said he was a “good Catholic” and could “keep receiving communion.” The subject of his support of abortion wasn’t raised during the 90-minute Vatican visit.

Pope Francis once said about communion is that it “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” But as the Rev. Mike Schmitz explained in a YouTube video, “Can Someone be Denied Holy Communion?” a person receiving Holy Communion in mortal sin is “not medicine for the dead.”

At one time Catholic bishops acting Catholic kept God’s laws first, and interpreted all other church laws and their own authority in light of God’s laws.

In the words of Jesus, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:19-24)

Merica Petrella

Steubenville

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