Vice President Joe Biden was born into a working-class Catholic family. After attending a Catholic prep
school, the young Joe Biden considered entering Catholic priesthood.
Eventually, however, Joe Biden was inspired into politics as
a teenager by another Catholic named John F. Kennedy. As the then Senator Joe Biden
described it in 2005:
"I'm very proud to be Catholic. It's part of my
spirituality, part of my identity. When John Kennedy ran for president, I
remember being so proud that he was Catholic." (Joe Biden, The
News Journal, August 2005)
Joe Biden's faith was tested in 1972, just after his first election to the United States Senate when his wife and daughter died in a
car crash, and again in 1988 when an aneurysm required him to undergo a life-threatening
Today, Vice President Joe Biden still considers himself religious, and is passionate about it:
"The next Republican that tells me I'm not religious
I'm going to shove my rosary beads down their throat." (Joe
Biden, Cincinnati Enquirer, 2005)
He gets comfort from his rosary beads, enough to have asked the doctor who
performed his brain surgery if he could tuck them under his pillow, and attends
mass on Sundays:
"I get comfort from carrying my rosary, going to
mass every Sunday. It's my time alone." (Joe Biden,
Christian Science Monitor, August 2007)
Should mass be his time "alone,"
should it be his time with the Lord?