Visepresidentkandidat Joseph Biden bor i staten Delaware, og hans biskop er Michael A. Saltarelli – i bispedømmet Wilmington, med ca 200.000 katolikker. Biskop Saltarelli kan nå få stor betydning for presidentvalget, siden Biden er en katolikk som går inn for fri abort. Så langt ser biskopen ut til å være ganske klar på dette spørsmålet:
Biden’s own bishop, Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Del., has said that the issues pertaining to the sanctity of human life are the «great civil rights issues of this generation.”
Bishop Saltarelli denounced the notion that politicians can ‘personally oppose’ abortion, but refuse to pass laws protecting the unborn.
«No one today would accept this statement from any public servant: ‘I am personally opposed to human slavery and racism but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena.’ Likewise, none of us should accept this statement from any public servant: «I am personally opposed to abortion but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena,” said Bishop Saltarelli.
In fact, Bishop Saltarelli made clear that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should refrain from receiving the Eucharist.
«The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful.”
Les mer om dette her. På bispedømmets egne nettsider kan vi lese mer om biskopen, bl.a. dette: Bishop Saltarelli has made significant contributions on national Catholic discussions concerning the sanctity of human life in the womb and all its stages …