US Catholics divided over Biden victory

Joe Biden (CNS/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Joe Biden has made history by becoming just the second Catholic to be elected president of the United States. Source: Crux.

Reactions among American Catholics broadly reflected the divisions that will remain in the county long after the last ballot is counted.

President Trump hadn’t conceded the election as of yesterday. Mr Biden did, however, address the nation on Saturday night, offering his favourite Catholic hymn, On Eagle’s Wings, as a message of solace for the nation, especially those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand,” Mr Biden said.

Throughout Saturday many across the country took to the streets and social media to congratulate Mr Biden and running mate Kamala Harris – the soon to be first black and first woman vice president.

Mr Biden’s Catholic supporters believe after four years of polarisation and divisive rhetoric from Mr Trump, the country needs Mr Biden to bring the country back together. However, there are also Catholics who fear an expansion of abortion rights is now inevitable because of his pro-choice beliefs.

The US bishops conference president Archbishop José Gomez congratulated Mr Biden for becoming the second Catholic president in United States history.

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