But on one matter I'm qualified to speak: Joe Biden's status as a Catholic now needs to be clarified by his bishop, Bishop Michael Saltarelli.
According to this article, Bishop Saltarelli is a strong defender of the rights of the unborn:
Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee to be the Democratic candidate for the vice-presidency of the United States of America, Bishop Saltarelli might need to address this matter publicly and specifically. Senator Biden should be informed, as Gov. Sibelius was, that he can't continue to receive communion as long as he holds so-called "pro-choice" positions which favor legal abortion and deny to unborn humans the right to live. Catholic voters deserve clarity from the Church before Biden claims to be a Catholic in good standing.
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.'
Update: Apparently, Wilmington has a new bishop-elect since last month, Bishop William Malooly. Does anyone know whether he's likely to take a strong stand on the matter of Joe Biden's reception of communion? I'm looking into it, but can't seem to find much about him.