… but is he truly Catholic to the point where he will be seen as one of our own?:
Q: Do you believe that life begins at conception?
Sen. Biden: I am prepared to accept my church's view. I think it's a tough one. I have to accept that on faith. That's why the late-term abortion ban, where there's clearly viability.
So the Senator from Delaware says he is prepared to accept his Church’s view of life starting at conception, but then tries to prove this support by saying I don’t support partial-birth (notice he did not even use this name) abortion that happens in the last stages in pregnancy. A procedure so horrific, that pro-choice Daniel Patrick Moynihan called it "infanticide". You are really a Profile in Courage, Joe.
Even his answer is politician-in-a-can. He is "prepared to accept it." Meaning he has not yet accepted it and has an out after the interview.
In Dec. of 2006, the National Right to Life gave Senator Biden a 0% (Zero Percent) rating in regard to being pro-life.
Jacques Berlinerblau in the Washington Post does a nice job pointing out how a strategy of trying to gain Catholic votes with a Catholic politician whose pro-abortion view is against their Church to begin with is futile and has more problems than it is worth:
"Biden is a Catholic. He is reliably liberal. He is reliably pro-Choice. But nothing I have seen in the general election indicates that Obama has difficulties with reliably liberal, pro-Choice Catholics.
But--note this--there is reason to believe that pro-Choice Catholic politicians can have tremendous difficulties with the Church. These difficulties can become debilitating distractions. The case study here was the candidacy of John Kerry in 2004. As I have noted elsewhere, the "communion denial" stories that trailed him from archdiocese to archdiocese for months mired his campaign in awful publicity.
It's hard, I would surmise, to claim to religious Americans that you share their esteem for the importance of faith when a representative of your own Church is criticizing you at every campaign stop. Although he didn't hang around for long, Rudy Giuliani found himself dogged by the same storyline this past fall.
In terms of getting a faith-based edge, Obama could certainly find a better sidekick than Joe Biden."
Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Delaware, issued the following statements:
"No one today would accept this statement from any public servant: 'I am personally opposed to human slavery and racism but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena.' Likewise, none of us should accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to abortion but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena."
"The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful."
There should be no doubt as to which specific, hometown soul Bishop Saltarelli was speaking to.