Commentary

Biden Out of Step With Bishops Again

By Bill Donohue | October 29, 2020 | 9:37am EDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a church. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a church. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

As we know, there is no marriage, family, or reproductive issue that Joe Biden is on the same page with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). What has gotten by most observers, however, is his support for gender theory, a fictional construct that argues if a male considers himself to be a female, he is. Pope Francis has condemned this crazed idea as "demonic."

Thanks to CNSNews, we learned that the Biden campaign's website is flagging their candidate's pledge to allow boys to compete against girls in girls' sports. To qualify, all the boys have to do is say they are a girl, and bingo—they can compete. This is considered equality, even though it puts real girls in an unequal position.

Allowing boys who self-identify as girls to crash girls' athletics—and to use the same locker room and shower facilities—is not a side issue for Catholic Joe. No, his website says he will act on this pledge on "his first day in office." Too bad he never told the country what a pressing issue this is for him.

More bad luck for the Biden camp. On Oct. 27, 2020, Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., of Oakland, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education, and Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Protection and Defense of Marriage, wrote a letter to members of Congress supporting the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020.

This bill affirms the right of boys and girls to compete exclusively against those of their own sex, providing no allowance for the sexually confused. It would stop entities that receive federal funds under Title IX from "permitting male students to participate in athletic programs designated for women and girls."

The bishops note that while transgender students should not be harassed, their condition is one of "gender identity discordance." It must be said, they stressed, that allowing boys to join a girls' athletic team would be "a loss for basic fairness and the spirit of Title IX."

Thus, the Biden campaign is once again out of step with the bishops.

We at the Catholic League have only one question: Why would Catholic Joe want to fight so hard for a cause the Holy Father labels "demonic?"

Bill Donohue is president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of eight books and many articles.

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