Didn't we once burn heretics at the stake? Why did we give that up?So the Bishops only get to see how the bill operates once its passed. Oddly enough, that echoes a piece of tomfoolery said by Nancy Pelosi last week.
TAPPER: You're a observant Catholic.
TAPPER: And there's a big debate right now within the Catholic Church about this bill, and a lot of these last few members that you're trying to get are Catholic democrats who oppose abortion. And I'm wondering, first of all, how you can side with nuns over bishops?
BIDEN: That's easy. I love the nuns.
TAPPER: And, second of all, what you're telling I assume that some of the people you're calling are these Catholic Democrats because you.
TAPPER: Because you have the same faith.
BIDEN: Yes. I mean, they happen to be similar (ph). I'm not calling them because of that. I'm calling a lot of people who have other concerns about the bill.
TAPPER: Right. But they are among those who you're calling?
BIDEN: Right. Yes. They are among them. Look, when you've got guys like Bob Casey, coming up with a proposal, along with Ben Nelson of Nebraska, that keeps the principles of the Hyde Amendment, which says no federal dollars can be spent in order to pay for abortion, that principle is imbedded in the bill that's about to be passed, God willing. That is, the bill, God willing, will pass.
And so but there's a whole lot of disagreement on exactly whether they'll do the exact same thing the Hyde Amendment does. I've supported the Hyde Amendment for 36 years of the United States Senate. Well, it wasn't around 36 years. For the entirety of the time it's been around. And so I assured them, and this will not allow you to take any subsidized government money you get and say, with that money I'm going to go now I can go purchase an insurance plan that provides for abortions. The
principle is intact. And so I I'm confident even the bishops, once this bill is passed and see how it operates, are not going to have the concern any longer.
Of course, there is some fallacy here - first, no, Biden is not an observant Catholic if he supports abortion. I don't understand these people who say, well, you can be Catholic and be pro-choice. That's right, you can be both - but that makes you a bad Catholic, one who is not observant and is not in communion with the teachings of the Church.
But Biden's suddent show of piety - God willing, this bill will be passed - is galling. Especially when he then discounts what he says there is disagreement.