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US bishops to debate whether Biden can receive communion

22:41, 14 November 2021
US bishops to debate whether Biden can receive communion Photo: Chris Kleponis - Pool via CNP/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Biden’s eligibility to receive communion will be discussed during the next meeting of US Roman Catholic Bishops.

The issue that sparked concern about the matter was Biden’s support for abortion rights.

The topic whether he can or can not receive communion has been a discussed topic among bishops ever since democrats took office. 

The meeting is scheduled to take place on the 15-18 of November.

The bishops will look into whether politicians who have gone against the teaching of the church due to their occupation can be given communion.

According to a survey made by Pew Research Center 55% Catholics believe abortion should be legal while 59% of the general population thinks the same, meaning Catholics are more conservative in their view on the matter. 

The US President has recently met with Pope Francis and they shared a longer than usual meeting. 

The Pope said that Biden is a “good Catholic” who is eligible to receive communion.

"Communion is not a prize for the perfect. ... Communion is a gift, the presence of Jesus and his Church," the pope said.

He added that bishops should use "compassion and tenderness" with Catholic politicians who are not against the rights of abortion.

“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” Biden in his turn commented on the meeting.

Earlier it was reported that Pope Francis is intending to launch a two-year worldwide consultation that will reform the Catholic Church.