The Vatican is clearly unhappy with President Joe Biden as he continues to support anti-Catholic ideologies including abortion and gay marriage.
Earlier this week, Biden announced that he would not be attending Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI funeral but refused to explain why. We now know.
“You’re not attending [Pope Benedict XVI’s] funeral tomorrow, though. Why?” a reporter asked the president.
“Well why do you think?” Biden said.
“You tell me,” the reporter pushed back.
“You know why.” Biden said, refusing to answer the question.
“You can tell me, sir,” the reporter said once again.
Q: "You're not attending [Pope Benedict XVI's] funeral tomorrow, though. Why?"
BIDEN: "Well why do you think?
Q: "You tell me."
BIDEN: "You know why."
Q: "You can tell me, sir." pic.twitter.com/cl6kOaAFhX
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 4, 2023
Biden claims he is a Catholic so it would make sense for him to attend Benedict’s funeral. During a press briefing with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre however, the press secretary said that Biden was asked to not attend.
“Pope Benedict — his funeral is Thursday. The late Pope Benedict, his funeral is Thursday. Is the U.S. sending a delegation to Rome, do you know?” a reporter asked.
“So, let me just first say — because we haven’t been able to be on the record on this since the passing of the Pope,” Jean-Pierre said.
“So, as the President said in his statement, as I’m sure you saw, he joins Catholics and so many others around the world in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He will always remember the Pope’s generosity and meaningful conversation they had when he visited the Vatican in 2011.”
“So, to answer your question, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly, will represent the United States at the funeral of the Pope, in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican. This is what — this is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were. And so, that’s what you’re seeing from the U.S.,” she said.
“Following up, what did — I know you read a statement there, but what did Pope Benedict mean toPresident Biden as a Catholic?” the reporter asked.
“Look, you know, the President, as you know, he takes his faith very seriously. This is someone who is passionate about his faith. That’s not something I even need to tell you; you know this for yourself,” Jean-Pierre said.
“And he — again, he — he remembers the Pope’s generosity and his meaningful conversation they had when they visited — when he — when the President visited the Vatican back in 2011. And so, that’s something that the President remembers and holds very close — close to heart,” she said.
Joe Biden will not attend Pope Benedict XVI's funeral, per request of the Vatican. pic.twitter.com/Q7VcYEhnei
— Kevin McMahon (@Kevin__McMahon) January 3, 2023
Biden’s statement on Benedict’s passing: “Jill and I join Catholics around the world, and so many others, in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I had the privilege of spending time with Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2011 and will always remember his generosity and welcome as well as our meaningful conversation. He will be remembered as a renowned theologian, with a lifetime of devotion to the Church, guided by his principles and faith. As he remarked during his 2008 visit to the White House, ‘the need for global solidarity is as urgent as ever, if all people are to live in a way worthy of their dignity.’ May his focus on the ministry of charity continue to be an inspiration to us all.”