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Biden Says Pope Told Him He Was Happy Biden Was a ‘Good Catholic’ and He ‘Should Keep Receiving Communion’

By CNSNews.com Staff | October 29, 2021 | 3:50pm EDT
(Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden, as reported by the New York Times, told reporters after his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican today that the pope had told him he was happy Biden was a “good Catholic” and said that he “should keep receiving communion.”

“President Biden said the issue of abortion had not come up during their meeting,” the Times reported.

“No, it didn’t,” Biden said. “It came up—we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion.”

The Times also reported that the Vatican would not comment when asked to confirm Biden’s remarks. Said the Times: “Asked to confirm Mr. Biden’s remarks, Matteo Bruni, the Vatican spokesman, said that the Holy See limited its comments to the news release about subjects discussed during the meeting and added, ‘It’s a private conversation.'”

Here is an excerpt from the Times’s story about Biden’s remarks:

“President Biden said the issue of abortion had not come up during their meeting. ‘No, it didn’t,’ he said. ‘It came up — we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion.’

“President Biden told reporters on Friday that Pope Francis had called him a ‘good Catholic’ and said he should keep receiving communion, an unexpected development that appeared to put a papal finger on the scale in a debate raging in the United States’ Roman Catholic Church over whether the president and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied the sacrament.

“Asked by reporters if Francis had told him during their private 75-minute audience whether he should keep receiving communion, Mr. Biden replied, ‘Yes.’

“Mr. Biden said the issue of abortion had not come up during their meeting. ‘No, it didn’t,’ he said. ‘It came up — we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion.’

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