President Joe Biden says his religion is a “safe place” for him and that he’s relying on prayer to guide him in his leadership amid the ongoing pandemic.
“I don't want to proselytize. My religion, for me, is a safe place. I never miss mass, because I can be alone. I mean, I'm with my family, but just kind of absorbing the fundamental principle that you've got to treat everyone with dignity,” Biden, 78, said in a recent interview with People magazine.
“Jill, when she wants me to get a real message, she tapes it on the mirror above the sink where I shave. And she put up a great quote from [Danish philosopher] Kierkegaard saying, ‘Faith sees best in the dark.’ Other people may meditate. For me, prayer gives me hope, and it centers me.”
Biden is the second Catholic president in the history of the United States.
In one interview, Rev. Brian Lynch of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Minnesota said he was not “impressed” that Biden was Catholic. Another pastor, Rev. Kevin Gillespie, of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown where Biden attends mass, said Biden has been “welcomed.”
At debate are many of Biden’s policies. Most notably, Biden has said he personally opposes abortion, but he also says he “has no right to impose my view on the rest of society.”
In 2019, a South Carolina Catholic church refused to give Biden communion because of his stance on abortion.
"(The abortion issue) is highly significant, but there is the issue of poverty, of capital punishment, of war,” Gillespie said. “There's other issues that with the Pope saying — let's not get into a cultural war so that we're divided, let's unite and build bridges.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.