President Joe Biden was reportedly not invited to Pope Benedict XVI’s funeral on Thursday due to the late pontiff’s own express wishes.
The United States’ ambassador to Italy will instead represent America at the pontiff’s burial, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
It was unclear whether the omission of an invitation was a direct affront to Biden, a Catholic who is an outspoken advocate of abortion. However, Jean-Pierre stated that the scenario reflected the late Pope’s objectives.
“The U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly, will represent the United States at the funeral of the Pope, in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican. This is what — this is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were.” Jean-Pierre stated.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as Queen Sofia of Spain and King Philippe of Belgium, will attend Pope Benedict’s burial. Presidents of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, will also be present.
Biden’s pro-abortion stance has enraged other Catholics, especially in September 2021, when he chastised the United States Supreme Court for failing to suspend a Texas legislation essentially prohibiting most abortions after six weeks.
Biden was denied communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina in October 2019 because of his pro-abortion position.