President Biden was specifically not invited to attend funeral of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Former Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away last week and is set to be buried beneath the Vatican on Thursday, but President Joe Biden, who proclaims himself to be a faithful Catholic, will not be present for the funeral mass.

Biden claimed that he would not be attending Benedict’s funeral because he didn’t want to get in the way, but it had already been revealed that Biden won’t be there because he was specifically not invited by the late pope and the Vatican, the Conservative Brief reported.

The purportedly devout Catholic liberal president, who stands opposed to the Church’s doctrine on issues like abortion and gay marriage, was likely trying to falsely spin the devastating rejection of being disinvited by the decidedly theologically conservative late pope.

“We would just get in the way”

On Wednesday morning, in remarks to reporters prior to a trip to Kentucky, President Biden recalled his 2011 meeting at the Vatican with then-Pope Benedict XVI and offered his condolences and praises for the man despite their divergent views on certain topics.

Asked why he would not be in attendance at Thursday’s funeral mass, Biden initially tried to play coy with the reporter but then said, “No, the reason I’m not attending the funeral tomorrow is because it takes an entourage of a thousand people to show up — not literally. But we would — we would move everything in the wrong direction.”

“I inquired about that,” he added. “And they’re — people are sending mostly their apostolic delegates, their — the folks in Rome. That’s what we’re going to do. We would just get in the way.”

Biden’s excuse is not entirely accurate

That sounds like a reasonable enough excuse for the Catholic U.S. president to not attend the funeral of the late former pope — except it isn’t exactly the truth, at least according to the Catholic News Agency and President Biden’s own White House, as it was revealed that Biden had been specifically not invited to attend.

During Tuesday’s press briefing, EWTN News correspondent Owen Jensen asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and what sort of delegation would be sent by the U.S. to Rome to represent the nation at the late pope’s funeral.

Jean-Pierre first reiterated Biden’s formal statement on Dec. 31 about Benedict’s passing before moving on to address the query about the U.S. delegation.

“So, to answer your question, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Joe Donnelly, will represent the United States at the funeral of the Pope, in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican,” the press secretary said. “This is what — this is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were. And so, that’s what you’re seeing from the U.S.”

Another Biden untruth exposed

As to Biden’s other claim that only “apostolic delegates” from other nations would be sent to the late Pope Benedict’s funeral, the Catholic News Agency reported that that wasn’t exactly entirely true, either.

Indeed, both Germany and Italy will send full official state delegations to Benedict’s funeral, and numerous other heads of state and royalty will also attend in an unofficial capacity, including the political leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia, as well as the royal figureheads of Belgium and Spain, among others — but not the Catholic president of the United States.

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