FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — The pastor and priest of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence refused to give communion this past Sunday to former Vice President and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Biden attended the church's early services during his campaign stop in the Pee Dee.
The church's pastor, Rev. Robert E. Morey, released the following statement on the matter:
Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to Former Vice President Joe Biden. Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.
The Biden campaign declined to comment, citing the incident as a private matter.