We’ll probably never know for sure, but I can guess.
President Joe Biden, the first Catholic Commander in Chief in some six decades who proclaims himself to be a “devout” follower of the church’s teachings, won’t be attending the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI following his passing last week.
If it seems strange that such a close follower of the Catholic Church would not attend the final goodbye to the previous Holy Father — not to mention passing on a chance to get out of D.C. for a few days as he seemingly does whenever possible — it’s because it wasn’t Biden’s choice. At least not completely.
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In Tuesday’s briefing, Jean-Pierre said that — instead of the president — the United States will be represented at Pope Benedict XVI’s funeral by America’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly. Jean-Pierre explained that the decision for Biden to skip out on the farewell was made “in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican” because “their wishes” were for Biden not to attend.
Apparently Joe thinks that he knows! Or else he’s just making up excuses. You know – the thing!
Well, if Biden is leaving it up to us to decide why he’s being excluded from Pope Benedict XVI’s funeral, there’s one big reason that comes to mind: his work to advance the pro-abortion agenda — something that has put Biden on unsteady footing with the Vatican in the past.
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Following his meeting with Pope Francis, Biden claimed the Holy Father told Biden he was “happy” the president “was a good Catholic” and said Biden “should keep receiving communion.”
But Pope Francis hasn’t always felt so warmly about Biden and his political positions. In a July 2022 interview, Pope Francis reiterated that “a month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already there and the organs are aligned,” proving the unborn are, in fact “human life.”
As such, Pope Francis continued, President Biden’s defense of abortion is left to his “conscience,” and he should “talk to his pastor about that incoherence.” No kidding.