Biden: "I'm Not a Pope John Paul [II] Guy"
(Hat tip: Opinionated Catholic and Whispers in the Loggia)
Sen. Biden sticks his foot in it again over abortion, this time dissing the late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II:
... Q: This [abortion] was an issue for John Kerry, do you see this as being an issue for you?(emphasis added)
A: I think it's going to be an issue for everybody. Anyone who's a Catholic, a practicing Catholic, this is a dilemma for. There's an expression in law school: hard cases make bad law. These are just very, very, very difficult moral, social and societal choices.
And for me, I am prepared as a senator to say that the framework of Roe v. Wade based upon this imperfect trimester notion captures the gravity of how you should approach this most serious of decisions relating to life and death. First trimester, the state should stay out of it completely because it's a matter of faith, basically, there. Second trimester, there are competing interests, but they're both legitimate to look at. Third trimester, there's an overwhelming burden to say, there isn't a good reason to abort unless it relates to the mother's health. I'm as comfortable as I can be on a really difficult moral dilemma.
To sum it up, as a Catholic, I'm a John XXIII guy, I'm not a Pope John Paul guy.
Well, isn't that special? On the bright side, at least he didn't refer to Pope John XXIII as "Pius the XXIII".
[cross-posted at Catholics Against Joe Biden]
Cranky Con adds a good point in the comments:
I didn't realize that Pope John XXIII was pro-choice. The things you learn from Senator Gaffe.