Top Catholic Church Official Backs Priest Who Denied Joe Biden Communion
Cardinal Timothy Dolan says 'priest had a good point' about former vice president's views
One of the Catholic Church's most powerful officials, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has publically spoke out in support of the South Carolina priest who denied former Vice President Joe Biden's holy communion, saying the "priest had a good point."
Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, was responding to reports that the priest rejected the 2020 Democrat, while he attended a Sunday service with his family, due to Biden's pro-abortion stance.
The priest at the Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence said he denied Biden because he isn't at "one with God."
Biden was attending a worship service on Sunday with his family when he attempted to receive the sacrament but his attempt was rebuffed by the church’s priest, Father Robert E. Morey, due to his support for abortion.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Florence Morning News on Monday.
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church," Father Morey declared.
"Our actions should reflect that,” he added.
"I think that priest had a good point," conservative Dolan told Fox News.
"You are publicly at odds with an issue of substance — critical substance.
"We're talking about life and death in the church. You personally, out of integrity should not approach Holy Communion — because that implies that you're in union with all the church beliefs."
Dolan was also careful not to fully endorse the pastor's actions and said he would have personally taken a different tack and used a more personal approach, rather than making a snap decision in the heat of the moment.
"I never have [denied someone Holy Communion]," Dolan said.
"I've never had, what you might call the opportunity or never said, 'uh-oh. Should I give him or her Holy Communion?' It's never come up. [It] sure could."
The cardinal said he admires those who don't come up to receive communion because they aren't fully following the teachings of Jesus and the church, but also said the Eucharist is medicine for the soul and claimed all should feel welcome at Christ's table.
"We also remember Pope Francis — 'I personally can never judge the state of a person's soul.' So, it's difficult, that's what I'm saying," Dolan said.
"I'm not there as a tribunal, as a judge in distributing Holy Communion.
"I'm there as a pastor, as a doctor of souls. So it's difficult to make a judgment on the state of a person's soul.
"My job is to help people, with clear church teaching, make a decision on the state of their soul and the repercussions of that."
He added, "If only saints could receive Holy Communion, we wouldn't have anybody at Mass, including myself."