Psaki was also asked about Communion on Monday. A reporter asked her what President Biden’s “reaction” was to a proposed Eucharistic document of the U.S. bishops. Psaki said Biden’s faith was “personal” and would not comment on the document.
Although the bishops moved to begin drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist – which included a subsection on worthiness to receive Communion – certain media reports framed the vote as part of a process to directly rebuke Biden or deny him Communion.
“Well Joe Biden is a strong man of faith, and as he noted, just a couple of days ago, it’s personal,” Psaki said. “He goes to Church, as you know, nearly every weekend. He even went when we were on our overseas trip.”
“But it’s personal to him, he doesn’t see it [faith] through a political prism, and we’re not going to be able to comment otherwise on the inner workings of the Catholic Church,” she added.
Psaki had been asked to respond to the U.S. bishops’ move to begin drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist last week. The reporter referred to it as a document “to clarify who should receive Communion” and one that “is targeted at politicians, people who have a high public profile.”
The U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee, which proposed drafting the document, included a subsection on “Eucharistic consistency” in its proposed outline, and noted the “special call for those Catholics who are cultural, political, or parochial leaders to witness to the faith.”