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Pope Francis on Tuesday questioned President Biden’s conscience in an interview in which he called the commander in chief’s religious affiliation and views on abortion inconsistent.
“A month after conception, the fetal DNA is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life,” the pontiff said in an interview with a Spanish-language publication. Univision.
Asked about Biden – a self-described “devout Catholic” who supports full legalization of abortion at the federal level – the Pope called the president incomprehensible.
“A month after conception, the fetal DNA is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life,” Papa said in an interview with Univision. “Is it just destroying human life?”
He added that Biden should instead question his conscience and consult with his bishop.
“I leave it [President Biden’s] conscience and that he speaks with his bishop, his pastor, his parish priest about this inconsistency,” the Pope said.
The pope did not dare to directly intervene in politics from the very beginning of his papacy – he was afraid to convey Holy See to a normal secular world power.
Instead, Pope Francis has assumed a more pastoral role through his encyclicals and apostolic journeys, many of which are historical in content.
Holy father is currently finalizing preparations for a trip to Canada, after which he committed to visit war-torn Ukraine. The first ever apostolic journey to Moscow is also being discussed, if the Russian authorities allow the visit.
Pope Francis’ resistance to give orders leaders of other nations not a new concept.
According to Catholic canon law, bishops are the final administering authority in their diocese, unless the Pope intervenes personally.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “A bishop in the diocese entrusted to him has all the ordinary, proper and immediate authority required for the exercise of his pastoral function, except in cases where the law or decree of the Supreme Pontiff reserves to the supreme authority or to other ecclesiastical authority.”
While the Bishop of Rome is the ultimate authority on contested religious doctrine, Pope Francis has made efforts to stay out of local or national discussions on the issue. church government at every opportunity.
The office of bishop comes with extensive duties and powers. Perhaps most important is the bishop’s responsibility for the pastoral care of Catholics and ex-Catholics under his jurisdiction.
According to canon law, “the diocesan bishop, often personally preaching, is bound to offer and explain to the faithful the truths of the faith, which are to be believed and applied to morality.”
The canon law continues: “He must also see to it that the precepts of the canons concerning the ministry of the word, especially those concerning preaching and catechesis, are carefully observed, so that all Christian teaching may be communicated to all.”
However, the pope may not see the canonical corrections he desires for Biden without intervention – Biden and his family attend the Church of the Holy Spirit in the archdiocese Washington.
The archdiocese is led by Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who has gone on record saying that he will not excommunicate a politician for defending the right to abortion.
The Cardinal was so reluctant to further address the issue that his office casually let it slip that they were “ignoring” media questions.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. mistakenly emailed a reporter asking for comment on its position on the San Francisco Archbishop’s decision to ban Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, California.from receiving Holy Communion due to her stance on abortion after Pelosi reportedly received Communion in DC on Sunday.
“Just sharing so you know what’s coming,” the email said. “The email from Saturday when I last checked the inbox was just a couple of random people who wanted to tell the cardinal to bring down the hammer on Pelosi. Other than Jack Jenkins of RNS, this is the only new media request. also ignore.
Talking about the responsibility of managing one of the world’s oldest living institutions and related politics, the pontiff made no secret of his exhaustion.
“The Holy Spirit gives you many fruits, but no one ever talks about things that make you dumb,” the pope lamented. “And sometimes you feel like you are numb to situations that should make you suffer a lot and keep you moving without missing an opportunity.”