Democratic President Joe Biden once claimed that Pope Francis called him a “good Catholic,” despite Biden’s open support for abortion.
Now, we finally hear from Francis himself.
In an interview earlier this week with the Spanish-speaking network Univision, the pontiff said Biden’s position on abortion was an “incoherence.”
“A month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life. Is it just to eliminate a human life?” Francis told Univision, according to an account of the interview by Fox News.
“Is it fair to take a human life to solve a problem? Whatever it is? Is it fair to hire a hit man to eliminate a human life?” Francis added, according to the Religion News Service.
“I leave it to [President Biden’s] conscience and that he speaks to his bishop, his pastor, his parish priest about that incoherence,” the pope added, according to Fox News.
In the news: Thanks To Biden’s Inability To Solve The Supply-Chain Crisis, Florida Ports Are Booming
The pontiff also noted in the interview that his position on abortion is “nonnegotiable,” The Blaze reported.
Biden, despite claiming to be a devout Catholic, disputes the church’s teaching on the most fundamental issue: that life begins at conception.
Biden and other pro-abortion Catholic Democrats, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have ignited a battle within the church over whether they should receive holy communion over their support for abortion.
Conservative bishops, like in Pelosi’s home of San Francisco, have said no. Yet more liberal ones, like in Washington, D.C., continue to allow these Democrats to receive the eucharist.
Last fall, during a visit to the Vatican, Biden asserted Francis declared him a “good Catholic.”
“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion,” Biden said when asked about his private meeting with Francis and whether they discussed abortion.
A spokesman for the Vatican declined to confirm Biden’s account.
In response, Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, told The New York Times, “The president is relating his version of events, which happen to serve his partisan agenda and seem a little self-aggrandizing. Now the president is no longer simply taking communion in this confused sense, he’s saying the pope is advocating for this confusion. That in itself is a scandal.”