I had a cookie for breakfast. President Joe Biden had a Communion wafer and wine last night in Rome:
Joe Biden received communion while attending Mass on Saturday evening in the American church of Rome, a day after the U.S. president met Pope Francis and said later that the pontiff had told him he is a “good Catholic” who can receive the sacrament.
The Mass and Biden’s statement beforehand widened a gulf between Francis and conservative U.S. bishops who want to deny him the right to receive communion because of Biden’s support for abortion rights.
A person inside the church on Saturday told Reuters the president, who attended the Mass sitting in the back of the church with his wife Jill, received communion [Jeff Mason, “Biden Receives Communion at Rome Mass, a Day After Meeting Pope,” Reuters, 2021.10.30].
President Biden says the Bishop of Rome himself, Pope Francis, told him his continued communing is o.k.:
Biden and the pope held an unusually long 1 hour and 15 minute meeting at the Vatican as a debate raged back in the United States about the divisive issue.
Asked if the topic of abortion came up, Biden said: “No it didn’t. It came up — we just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion,” Biden told reporters.
The president, who goes to weekly Mass regularly and keeps a picture of the pope behind his desk in the Oval Office, has said he is personally opposed to abortion but cannot impose his views as an elected leader [Jeff Mason and Philip Pullella, “Biden Says Pope Thinks He Is a ‘Good Catholic’, Further Fuelling U.S. Abortion Debate,” Reuters, 2021.10.29].
Pope Francis says abortion is murder but has admonished priests that they must approach the issue pastorally, not politically. (Hmm… what was that politician Kristi Noem said about using her elected position to pretend she’s a pastor?)