If you've visited any Christian blogs today, you've probably noticed Christian bloggy-land is vibrating with reactions to the announcement that Joe Biden has been named as Barak Obama's running mate.
Joe Biden's appointment as Obama's running mate just made it easier for all Christians, especially Catholics, to vote against this pro-choice team. Biden is a strong abortion advocate, and many Catholics are offended by this position as Biden also claims to be a faithful Catholic. (I would be remiss if I didn't mention here that John McCain has a stong voting record against abortion. McCain has cast 31 pro-life votes since 1997. )
Remember the controversy in 2004 when John Kerry spoke out for abortion "rights", but still wanted to receive communion in Catholic churches? Here we go again... it's sure to stir up some more controversy with Joe Biden in the spotlight. The Pope declared in 2007 that pro-life Catholic politicians shouldn't be receiving communion, yet as recently as April 2008, it was still happening.
Personally, I feel that politicians aren't any different from the rest of us- I just don't know the political views of the person sitting across the aisle from me during mass because he/she is not on tv talking about them. I think it's up to the individual to determine if they are in an appropriate state of grace to be receiving the sacrament... after all, nobody else knows what's in their heart.
At any rate, I think this will be a big story for a quite a while- Catholics everywhere, myself included, spoke out against John Kerry for using the church's teachings only when it suited him, and Biden won't be any different. I'd love to hear your opinions on the matter!