(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – According to reports, the Catholic Church has rejected President Joe Biden and asked him not to attend the late Pope Benedict XVI’s burial.
While departing the White House on Wednesday, Biden, who asserts to be a Catholic despite holding opposing views, acknowledged the snub while speaking with reporters on the South Lawn.
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the president is heading to Kentucky to celebrate his infrastructure law (R-KY).
When the former pope passed away on Saturday, a reporter questioned Biden about why he wouldn’t be at the funeral.
Biden, however, seemed to yell at the reporter in response to the query.
As a purported “devout Catholic,” Biden said he was instructed not to attend the well-known funeral.
According to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden won’t attend the funeral; instead, the United States ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly, will represent the U.S. at the funeral.
According to Jean-Pierre, Biden won’t be at the funeral “in accordance with the late Pope and the Vatican’s desires.”
Who will represent the US at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's funeral? And what did the late Pope mean to Catholic President Joe Biden?
Correspondent @owentjensen asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about both of these topics relating to Pope Benedict. pic.twitter.com/Iaahas5XMa
— EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) January 3, 2023
The reporter’s question about why Biden won’t attend the pope’s funeral clearly enraged him.
But tomorrow, you’re not going to [Pope Benedict XVI’s] burial. Why?” a journalist queried.
Well, why do you believe that? Replying, Biden
You tell me, the reporter replied.
“You understand why,” Biden said.
“You may tell me,” the reporter retorted, “sir.”
Biden then asserted that he won’t be present because he would need a 1,000-person entourage.
We would only obstruct things, he claimed.
Reporter asks Biden why he's not attending Former Pope Benedict's funeral:
REPORTER: "You're not attending his funeral tomorrow…why?"
BIDEN: "Why do you think?"
REPORTER: "Well, you tell me."
BIDEN: "You know why…We would just get in the way." pic.twitter.com/XAGvRGzMTH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 4, 2023
The Vatican reported that during Benedict’s three days of lying in state in the basilica, where his body was laid out in front of the altar in red papal robes, an estimated 195,000 people had already paid their respects.
Though a great theologian, Benedict was a polarizing personality who alienated many Catholics with his steadfast defense of conservative theology on abortion.
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