Pope Francis Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion
Pope Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion
“What must the pastor do?” Francis said when a reporter asked him about the subject. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.”
ROME — Pope Francis weighed in on Wednesday on a debate roiling the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, where conservative bishops want to deny communion to politicians, like President Biden, who support abortion rights.
“I have never refused the eucharist to anyone,” Francis said, though he added that he did not know of any instance when such a politician had come to him for communion. Bishops should be pastors, he said, not politicians.
It was the closest the pope has come to addressing the issue head-on, although the Vatican in June warned …
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