A priest denied communion to former Vice President Joe Biden in a South Carolina church on Sunday, Oct. 27 for his defense of abortion.

Father Robert E. Morey denied Holy Communion to Joe Biden, a declared Catholic, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Florence, where the Democratic candidate attended Mass on the weekend.

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told South Carolina Morning News in a statement.

“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other, and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” the priest added.

“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” he added.

Historically the presidential hopeful has belonged to the most conservative wing of the Democratic Party, yet this summer he declared his opposition to the Hyde Amendment, which bans the allocation of federal funds to finance abortion and which he had previously supported.

Biden defended his decision, arguing he can no longer support an amendment that makes a woman’s right to abortion “dependent on someone’s ZIP code,” thus recognizing abortion as a ‘right,’ according to Fox News.

It’s impossible to be a good Catholic and defend abortion

A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland, which was recently forced by the British Parliament to legalize unrestricted abortion up to 28 weeks’ gestation, expressed a similar view, according to Life News.

Father Patrick McCafferty of Corpus Christi Parish said it was “a complete and utter contradiction” to promote abortion and still consider oneself a practicing Catholic.

And not only the Irish Catholic Church opposes this new regulation of abortion, but also the medical community.

Nearly 1,000 health professionals have already announced that they will refuse to participate in services that perform abortions, according to The Independent.

Dr. Andrew Cupples, who is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest, has written a letter to the Secretary of Northern Ireland that has been signed by 911 medical professionals.

The professionals stated in the letter their position and asked for a guarantee that they will not be forced to participate or assist in the performance of abortions, announcing that they are willing to leave their jobs if necessary.

“Hundreds of health care professionals in Northern Ireland will refuse to be involved in abortion services. There are even people who are planning to walk away from the health care service if they are forced to participate in abortion services,” Cupples told The Independent.

Organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights are pressuring countries with pro-life legislation to legalize abortions, in many cases funded by controversial and highly questioned individuals such as financial speculator George Soros, according to Life News.