President Biden met with Pope Francis at the Vatican amid strong criticism due to his support for abortion. He said the Pope called him a good Christian and invited him to continue to receive communion in the Catholic Church.
On his tour with the final objective of attending the G20 conference, President Biden had a nearly 90-minute meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican behind closed doors and without the presence of journalists as these types of meetings usually are reported AP News.
After the meeting, Biden gave a few words to the journalists present, eager to obtain details about the conversation, considering that Biden is facing strong criticism from religious sectors due to his support for the legalization of abortion.
Among the questions he answered, Biden confirmed that the Pope did not grant him communion, but, in Biden’s words, “We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic,” Biden said. “And I should continue to receive communion.”
When pressed if the Pope said whether he should continue to receive communion, Biden responded with determination, “Yes.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in June to approve drafting a document on how abortion supporters, including political leaders who claim to be Christians such as President Biden, should be treated.
When asked if they had spoken about the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Biden replied that it was “a private conversation,” without elaborating.
In previous statements, Pope Francis, in mentioning this controversial issue, was ambiguous in his responses. On the one hand, he was blunt in declaring that “abortion is homicide,” which implies one of the gravest sins for the Catholic Church. However, he also stated that pro-abortion Catholics should not be excommunicated.
On the other hand, an official statement from the Vatican Press Office reported that the meeting between the Pope and Biden focused on “their common commitment to the protection and care of the planet, the health situation and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the issue of refugees, and how to provide assistance for migrants.”
Many conservative sectors have shown their discontent precisely because the papal office constantly announces its interest in this type of policy, often aligned to the left and progressive sectors, while neglecting issues traditionally serious for the Catholic Church, such as abortion.
Before the start of the COP 26 Climate Conference, the Pope sent a message for the attendees in which he said:
“Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted our profound vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organize our societies.”
“The most important lesson we can learn from these crises is our need to build together, so that there are no longer borders, barriers or political walls behind which to hide,” the statement continued.
These last words resonated strongly among the conservative sectors trying to solve the enormous conflicts that exist due to the migratory crises in many parts of the world, often motivated by irresponsible progressive policies that rightly promote flexible borders and the destruction of border walls.