Pope Francis described President Biden as a “good Catholic” during their meeting on Friday, according to Biden, and also said that he should keep receiving communion.
Biden told reporters that the issue of abortion rights, which Biden supports and which has led to calls for the Catholic Church to not offer him communion, did not come up in the discussion.
“No, it didn’t,” he said when asked if abortion came up. “We just talked about the fact that he was happy that I was a good Catholic and … keep receiving communion.”
When asked if the pope said he should keep receiving communion, the president responded, “Yes.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is coming out with a formal statement next month on the meaning of Holy Communion, which will include whether pro-abortion rights politicians such as Biden should be denied it.