White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put a full stop on a reporter Wednesday who asked her if President Joe Biden was in agreement with the pope about abortion being “murder.”
Owen Jensen, the Washington Correspondent for EWTN, a Catholic network, asked Psaki during the daily press briefing about the upcoming meeting that Biden has with Pope Francis coming up on Friday.
“As you know, millions of Catholics will be watching when the president and Pope Francis meet,” Jensen started off.
“The White House has said they will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity. … Will that include the human dignity of the unborn?” he then asked.
Psaki asked about Biden's upcoming meeting with Pope Francis: Will they discuss "the human dignity of the unborn?"
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After a few seconds of going back and forth with each other, the White House Press Secretary replied, “there’s a great deal of agreement and overlap with the president and Pope Francis on a range of issues: poverty, combating the climate crisis, ending the COVID-19 pandemic. These are all hugely important, impactful issues that will be the centerpiece of what their discussion is when they meet.”
Psaki added that the White House expects a “warm and constructive dialogue,” but said that while the president “stands up for and believes that a woman’s right to choose is important,” the “pope has spoken differently.”
“I have just outlined for you what the focus of the meeting will be. I think we’re going to have to move on,” Psaki went on to say as she tried to cut Jensen off as he attempted to ask a follow up question.
“The Pope has said abortion is murder, and it’s like hiring a hitman. Does the president agree or disagree with that?” Jensen pressed forward.
“You know that the president believes in a woman’s right to choose. You’re very familiar with this issue. We’ve spoken about it many times,” Psaki said in reply.
Biden, the second Catholic American president, has long been criticized for publicly supporting legal abortion. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is morally wrong and kills the unborn child, whose life begins at conception.
In June, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to create a document on the meaning of the sacrament of holy communion, prompting speculation that the document could lead to politicians like Biden, who support abortion, being barred from receiving holy communion.
The president’s papal audience on Friday will be his first official visit to the Vatican since taking office. The visit will come as Biden meets in Rome with world leaders for the G20 summit.
Well, the pope is right on this one. Abortion is murder. And if Biden is the good Catholic he claims to be, he needs to be consistent with the beliefs of the pope, right?
The fact that he isn’t, that he does so strongly support abortion is proof that his religion really doesn’t matter that much and is just a means of trying to tap that demographic for support.