Denver Newsroom, Oct 31, 2021 / 19:49 pm
Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastián, Spain, harshly criticized President Joe Biden’ claim that Pope Francis personally encouraged him to continue receiving Communion despite his open support for abortion.
"These incredible statements reveal the moral character of those who are capable of compromising and manipulating the Pope with the intention of washing their conscience stained by the blood of so many innocent lives unjustly eliminated," Bishop Munilla said in an Oct. 30 tweet.
On Oct. 29, Pope Francis received Biden in the Vatican for 75 minutes. The U.S. president told Reuters that Pope Francis told him “to keep receiving Communion.”
The Associated Press reported that Biden received Communion a day later, during a Mass offered at St. Patrick's Church, an English-speaking church that is the main place the American Catholic community in Rome goes for Mass.