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Biden Refers to Fallen Soldiers as 'Fallen Angels'

8:00 AM, Sep 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In his speech last night to the Democratic convention, Vice President Joe Biden referred to fallen soldiers as "fallen angels."

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Biden said, "And tonight -- tonight, I want to acknowledge -- I want to acknowledge, as we should every night, the incredible debt we owe to the families of those 6,473 fallen angels, and those 49,746 wounded -- thousands critically -- thousands who will need our help for the rest of their lives.  Folks, we never -- we must never, ever forget their sacrifice and always keep them in our care and in our prayers."

While of course the sentiment is laudatory, the language is not.

A "fallen angel" is an angel who has gone bad. "The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: 'The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing,'" reads a line from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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