Pope Francis weighed in on Wednesday on a debate roiling the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, where bishops are considering denying Communion to politicians, like President Biden, who support abortion rights.
“I have never refused the Eucharist to anyone,” Francis said, adding that bishops should be pastors, not politicians.
In his usual fashion, the pope did not give a simple, direct answer.
But he left little doubt about his view, invoking a phrase he has used before: “Communion is not a prize for the perfect.” The Vatican in June warned conservative bishops in the country against refusing Communion to Mr. Biden, who is only the second Roman Catholic to be U.S. president.
He cited a history of atrocities committed in the name of the faith.
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