Mr. Vice President

Photo: Joe, you are that man.

What do you call a man who, though entrusted with the defense of innocents, “refuses” to defend the lives of those he believes to be innocent?

What do you call someone who insists that his faith “defines” him but selectively refuses to act on that faith?

And what do you call a man who, having hardened his conscience against his own Church’s clear teaching on the gravest of matters, would willingly employ the state to force others to violate their own consciences?

Most people call him, “Mr. Vice President.” For now.

Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The views expressed here are his own.

7 thoughts on “Mr. Vice President

  1. abadilla says:

    “And what do you call a man who, having hardened his conscience against his own Church’s clear teaching on the gravest of matters, would willingly employ the state to force others to violate their own consciences?” Certainly, we could not possibly call him St. Thomas More!

  2. Katie Gee says:

    Biden acted like a clown. Laughing at the important issues facing America is not funny.

  3. William says:

    Man, you are getting more and more over the top.

    1. abadilla says:

      “Man, you are getting more and more over the top.” And, of course, when Biden tried to justify the murder of the unborn, he wasn’t going over the top, right?

  4. Becky says:

    I hope we call him “former vice-president Joe Biden” in January.

  5. Tigger says:

    The only good that might come is that perhaps the country and media – seeing or unable to avoid his intellectually dishonesty and hypocrisy will also realize that saying that Catholics for Choice or Call to Action represent real Catholics is equally dishonest.

  6. Robert says:

    Joe Biden’s behaviour at last night’s VP debate was condescending, rude, and disrespectful. His laughing, smirking and chuckling were distracting. He knows what his faith teaches but chooses to ignore it. But what can we expect from a man who is more concerned with earning a vote than earning a place in heaven?

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