Biden Gets Dissed: Won’t Represent U.S. At Pope Benedict’s Funeral

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Pope Benedict XVI died on New Year’s Eve at the age of ninety-five, impacting the worldwide Catholic Church and its more than 1.3 billion members.

HIS HOLINESS’ WISHES: Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican requested that President Biden not attend Benedict’s funeral,” media reports show, in a blistering story that is going viral on Wednesday and Thursday, humiliating Democrat Joe Biden for love of and promotion of aborting for 5 decades from DC, while calling himself a faithful Catholic believer. 

The pope is a world leader and dignitary, also known as the supreme pontiff, Roman pontiff, or sovereign pontiff, is the bishop of Rome, head of the worldwide Catholic Church, and has also served as the head of state or sovereign of the Papal States and later the Vatican City State since the eighth century.

So it is odd for the sitting US President not to pay his respects, especially if that POTUS calls himself a faithful Catholic.

And suspicion arises when a Catholic sitting POTUS is not invited to a world event, a funeral for a Pope, as in the case of Biden being snubbed on a world stage.

Benedict made the request prior to his death.

The U.S. will send Joe Donnelly, ambassador of the Holy See, “in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican. This is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were,” The White House reported.

“President Joe Biden was not invited to Thursday’s funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, and the U.S. ambassador to Italy will represent America at the pontiff’s burial, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday,” the Daily Caller reported, adding:

It was not clear if the lack of an invitation was a direct snub to Biden, a Catholic who nonetheless is an ardent supporter of abortion. But Jean-Pierre said the situation represented the wishes of the late pope himself.

“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,” Jean-Pierre said. “This is what — this is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were.”

The German-born Benedict died on December 31 at age 95. He had stepped down as pope in 2013, when he was succeeded by Pope Francis, but retained the title of pope emeritus.

The Italian and German delegations were the only nations whose delegations were officially invited, according to Euro News. Vatican spokesman Matteo Burni stated, “If other heads of state or government come, they will do so in a personal capacity.”

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend Pope Benedict’s funeral, as will Queen Sofia of Spain and King Philippe of Belgium. President of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will also attend.

Jean-Pierre said Biden was an admirer of Benedict, who he met more than a decade ago.

“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,” Jean-Pierre said. “He will always remember the Pope’s generosity and meaningful conversation they had when he visited the Vatican in 2011.”

Biden’s support for abortion has angered fellow Catholics, including in September of 2021, when he condemned the U.S. Supreme Court for declining to stay a Texas law effectively banning most abortions after six weeks, and last year, after the high court struck down Roe v. Wade.

Lifesite news speculated that the Pope explicitly did not want Biden in attendance at his funeral over Biden being an abortion “activist”:

In October 2019, Biden was denied communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina. Father Robert Morey, the pastor at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, said he refused Biden communion because “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that,” Morey stated, adding, “As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations. I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”

But Jean-Pierre insisted Wednesday that Biden is a man of faith.

“Look, you know, the President, as you know, he takes his faith very seriously,” she told reporters. “This is someone who is passionate about his faith. That’s not something I even need to tell you; you know this for yourself.”

Biden, when asked why he was not attending the Pope’s funeral, sounded very childish and refused to answer media inquiries:

“Well why do you think? You tell me,” the president responded on the South Lawn when asked why the White House was sending an ambassador to the memorial and not him. “The reason why I’m not attending the funeral tomorrow is because it takes an entourage of 1,000 people, not literally, but we would move everything in the wrong direction,” Biden then answered, ignoring the fact that he was told not to show up.

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