The Blog

Biden Refers to Fallen Soldiers as 'Fallen Angels'

8:00 AM, Sep 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

In his speech last night to the Democratic convention, Vice President Joe Biden referred to fallen soldiers as "fallen angels."


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.

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 20 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers