Pope Francis, being the direct successor of St. Peter, failed President Joe Biden during the recent visit of the president to the Vatican. The pope has a lot of responsibilities and obligations as we all know, but his primary responsibility is to guide others to live a life of repentance and obedience to Christ with the goal of reaching heaven. His primary concern should be the spiritual welfare and health of others and not of this earthly live.
Do not misunderstand me. I fully agree that something needs to be done about climate change and feeding the poor. I support working on ways to end the COVID pandemic. However, as a Catholic who openly supports and paves the path for countless innocent babies to be aborted daily, it is the pope’s responsibility and obligation to urge Biden to repent from those beliefs. It is his role as pope to also protect the sacredness of the Eucharist and warn Biden about receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy manner. By continuing to support abortion and using his position to ensure abortion continues to happen, he might as well be in the abortion room with every innocent child being killed. That leaves Biden in a state of mortal sin and the pope should not encourage anyone to place themselves under the judgment of receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy manner.
In St. Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, he delivered the message about who Jesus was and then his message caused those who heard him to be convicted. In Acts 2, they ask Peter what they should do and Peter did not tell them to ignore their sins and be good people. He told them to repent of their sins. The result? They were all baptized, received into the church, and devoted themselves to the teachings of the apostles and following Christ. That is the role of the pope. That is the role of Church leadership. That is how the pope failed Joe Biden.
By giving Joe Biden a pass and calling him a “good Catholic”, the pope might has well have encouraged him to continue living in mortal sin. We must remember the pope is not the final judge. Jesus Christ will be the final determining factor when we all face judgment and Jesus will not waiver on his condemnation of sin. The reality is the pope has given Biden a false sense of security and a pass on this earth to play politics with sin and faith. The pass does not carry any weight in eternity.
If the pope truly cared about people and loved others as he tells us to do, he would have cared about Biden’s soul enough to want him to repent and not face condemnation. Receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy manner brings with it grave consequences. St. Paul warns in I Corinthians that it has severe ramifications. “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. If we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment; but since we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.” (I Corinthians 11:27-32)
Receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy manner not only brings judgment in this life, but also has eternal consequences if we do not repent. How is Joe Biden going to discern he is doing something that is mortal sin when he has the blessing of the pope to continue receiving the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus? How is he supposed to recognize the holiness of the Blessed Sacrament and the severity of sin when the pope has given his stamp of approval to continue doing what he is doing? Joe Biden will face consequences for abusing and receiving the Eucharist while continuing to push for the murder of innocent babies. However, let us not forget to pray for Pope Francis because he will also face judgment by Christ for how he leads the flock and his endorsement of Biden’s abuse of the Sacrament is a serious one for which he will face Christ.
We all must examine ourselves before we receive the holy Eucharist as well. We must repent and make frequent trips to Confession as well. The issue of abusing the Eucharist, receiving it in an unworthy manner, and the judgment that comes from abuse is not just one for Joe Biden. It is one for every Catholic.