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Joe Biden and the U.S. Catholic bishops: Tensions remain about Holy Communion

While doing groundwork for the pivotal South Carolina primary, Democrat Joe Biden went to a local church to do what he does on Sundays – go to Mass.

What happened next made headlines, raising an issue that looms over the president-elect’s personal and political lives. The priest at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Florence declined to give Biden communion.

“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that,” said Father Rev. Robert E. Morey, in a press statement. “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care.”

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