An Arizona priest said the “bad catechesis and cowardice” of the bishops is to blame for a pro-abortion Catholic occupying the White House.
In a recent homily, Fr. William Kosco of Buckeye, Ariz., said President Joe Biden’s political views are “diametrically opposed to all of the basic moral principles that are proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church.”
Biden is the nation’s second Catholic president and frequently describes himself as a “devout Catholic.” The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is an “abominable crime” that is “gravely contrary to the moral law.”
“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, noting that Catholics who procure abortions are automatically excommunicated.
“He’s the most powerful man in the world and he is absolutely opposed to the basic understanding that God is the author of life,” Kosco observed. “How in the world did this happen? You want an answer? I’ll tell you the answer: because our bishops have been silent for 60 years through bad catechesis and cowardice.”
The homily was delivered in February, shortly after Biden repealed the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions overseas.
Kosco said he would refuse to give Biden communion because of his support for abortion.
“Over my dead body,” he said. “He’s a public figure. He needs to publicly repent. We need to pray for his conversion.”
The congregation at St. Henry’s parish applauded at the end of the nearly 30-minute homily.
“Don’t applaud. We need to hang our heads in shame. We’ve tolerated this for too long,” Kosco said in response. He predicted that he would get his “butt kicked” for speaking out, but said “it’s the right thing to do.”
“Woe to me if I don’t preach the Gospel,” he said.