Catholics and other anti-abortion folks are right to be indignant at Vice-President Joe Biden, who, speaking the other day to a group of rabbis, criticized the GOP’s proposed federal budget for violating Catholic social teaching.
Biden is — in my opinion, and in the opinion of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — correct. It does violate Catholic social teaching.
But so do the laws that broadly permit abortion, which Biden, who is Catholic, strongly supports. He’s free to criticize the budget proposal, of course, but to criticize it by citing Church teaching is pathetically hypocritical.