Biden and pope don’t talk about abortion, but pontiff says president can “keep communing”

Biden and Francisco talked for 75 minutes this Friday at the Vatican| Photo: EFE/EPA/VATICAN MEDIA

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, reported on Friday (29), after a 75-minute meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, that the issue of abortion was not discussed during the meeting, but that the Supreme Pontiff said that the US head of state can “continue to receive Communion.”

Although Biden has claimed to be “personally pro-life” and a “devotee Catholic”, he has argued that opposing abortion as a politician would be like imposing his religion on others, and his government has already made several decisions in favor of abortion – one of them was a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against a Texas pro-life law that went into effect in September. This stance made American bishops argue that the president should not receive communion.

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According to information from Reuters, when asked if the abortion issue came up during his conversation with Francisco, Biden responded to reporters: “No, it didn’t… we just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and that I should continue to receive communion”.

The communiqués released by the US government and the Vatican after the meeting do not mention the issue of abortion.

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