When Joe Biden commented on his meeting with Pope Francis and said: “We just talked about the fact that he was happy I was a good Catholic and keep receiving Communion,” I nearly lost my lunch!
But then in a moment of grace, I recalled Christ’s words in Matthew:
In every sense, even before Biden’s ill-fated meeting with Pope Francis, it was clear that Biden is a blind leader. But what is shocking is that thus far the Vatican has said nothing to refute what Biden claimed. And that is very disconcerting. For as we know, Pope Francis has previously “urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion.”
Without being at all disrespectful toward the pope, I have to ask what kind of a message it sends to the laity when a man chosen to lead the Catholic Church places the spiritual care of a known public sinner ahead of the souls of the faithful. Is it not true that the pope has an obligation to teach truth in word and in action?
We know that Biden is historically a liar, and he is belligerent. We know that he has “dug his heels in deeper in defiance of the bishops, the successors of the apostles whom Jesus ordained to perpetuate—and to protect—the Eucharist.” Given this fact, the possibility exists that the pope is remaining silent on the comments of the blind leader of the United States because he too is blinded by the misrepresentation of protecting the Eucharist as a sign of political judgment.
But as Cardinal Burke explains:
Cardinal Burke is pointing out precisely why Biden is bringing scandal as he commits sacrilege. How much clearer could it possibly be?
St. Maximilian Kolbe once said: “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.”
Indeed! So if it is true that “Pope Francis is no more willing than the Washington press to be placed outside the warm limelight of the dominant culture,” then the Church has a tragic challenge that must be confronted in prayer and confidence in the will of God.
The teaching and traditions of the Bride of Christ—the Roman Catholic Church—are not political; they are spiritual and in every sense holy in the eyes of God. It is tragic that blind leaders of the Church and our nation are not defending this truth.
Satan has created this blindness among men, and only Christ can overcome it. We pray for the Church in our nation and around the world, asking Christ to do His will as we entrust His Church to Him.
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