In case you didn’t see it (I didn’t have time to read it immediately) Card. Burke published a letter about Catholic Politicians and Non-Admittance to Holy Communion. HERE in six languages.
I think you can imagine his position, which is impeccably argued according to the Church’s law, suggesting also a sound pastoral praxis. It also provides a brief review of the slide into indifference about Communion for manifest and obstinent grave sinners in the political sphere, going back to the infamous Hyannisport Conclave of 1964.
In contrast to this, I read today in Italian at Nuova Bussola that Biden met with Francis today. Apparently Francis, who never hesitates to disply his scowling ill-temper and displeasure, was all fluffy and smiles with Biden. You remember. It was all kissy and Caro syrup with the previously most aggressive pro-abortion POTUS, Obama, who persecuted the Little Sisters of the Poor. It was all Grumpy Cat with Pres. Trump. And its back to syrup with Biden, the most aggressive pro-abortion POTUS to date who is again persecuting the Little Sisters of the Poor. For his part, Biden mentioned that it was nice to be back in the Vatican… so we can suppose that he knew where he was.
Later, at the Palazzo Chigi, with the Prime Minister Mario Draghi, – NB – Biden said that Francis allegedly told him that he was a “good Catholic” that he should keep receiving Communion. We have no proof that Francis told Biden that, of course. Biden has always had a rather casual relationship with the truth. However, it sounds like something Francis might say to someone so very much on his wave-length. But we don’t know.
According to AP: “The Vatican spokesman declined to comment on Biden’s remarks about Communion, noting that the Vatican doesn’t comment on the pope’s private conversations beyond what is written in the official communique, which made no mention of the issue.”
Of course this will stir things up for faithful Catholic bishops trying to find the courage to apply the Church’s laws as they promised they would when they became bishops. And this in advance of the annual November meeting of the US Bishops in Baltimore.
The New catholic Red Guards will be quivering in paroxyms of ecstacy at the possibility of using something Biden alleges Francis to have said to beat certain bishops in the press. They are rather predicable.
Apparently in the ceremonial exchange of gifts, Biden gave Francis a chasuble made by Gammarelli in Rome (talk about “owls to Athens”) made in the 1930’s,. It seems that it was boosted from the Jesuit parish in Delaware where Biden receives Communion in contravention of can. 916. It had to be a Roman style vestment. I doubt we will see Francis use it anytime soon.
Might it have been Biden’s subtle protest against Traditionis custodes?!? Of course! That’s it!
At least it wasn’t one of those hammer and sickle crucifixes that he got from the President of Evo Morales of Bolivia.
BTW… if Francis doesn’t like or agree with cann. 915 and 916, why doesn’t he try to change them?
Until those canons are changed, they should be followed.
UNLESS… perhaps the laws laid down are really so important after all and can be defied or ignored?