VP Biden: "With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church ..."

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Jim's picture


During the Vice Presidential debate’s final 30 minutes, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were asked to describe how their Catholic faith informed their public policy.  As part of that exchange, the topic of the HHS contraception mandate arose, and Joe Biden insisted that the rule wouldn’t apply to any “Catholic institution – Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” and declared, “That is a fact. That is a fact.”


Paul Ryan responded during the debate to Biden’s claim with the simple question: “Why are they suing you, then?”  On Friday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops responded to both men with a statement explaining very clearly why dozens of Catholic institutions are suing to overturn the HHS mandate

ChrisC's picture

just another reason why the long-term solution needs to be that health insurance is separated somehow from employer control. my morality should not be dictated by my employer (unless it directly affects job performance). if i work in utah, can my employer insist on providing only insurance that excludes transfusions? 28 states were already making the same birth control requirement as obamacare, and there was no complaint, but now we are expected to treat this as religious persecution and not something driven more by politics?

biden was wrong in his statement, but there were a lot of lies, half-truths and exaggerations on both sides. i could only manage to watch about 40 minutes of the debate before i just had to turn it off. i could have almost gotten more useful information by watching political ads.

G. N. Barkman's picture

Not me.  I watched the whole debate with great interest.  I thought it revealed a lot about both candidates, and both parties.  Biden was rude, blustery, and dogmatic, even when totally wrong.  Ryan was polite, measured, and for the most part, more factual.

I thought Biden hurt himself, and Obama, whereas Ryan helped himself and Romney.  Ryan certainly won the "like-ability" contest, and that's worth a lot in this age of emotion-driven voters.

Ultimately, we will get the president that God has ordained, but He uses human instruments.  I try to watch the process as an unfolding of what God is doing in America.  It seems to me that the current President and his brilliant advisers have made a lot of miscalculations, including telling Biden to attack and interrupt.  I think that hurt rather than helped.  After November 6, we will know a great deal more about what God has determined--more decline and judgment, or a reprieve.  Until then, we watch with great interest as His purposes unfold.

G. N. Barkman