Did the pope exactly say that to President Biden, “you are a good Catholic and keep receiving Holy Communion”, or did he say…”if you are a good Catholic, keep receiving Holy Communion?” Who knows and we may never know.
For political and vengeance reasons (for Catholic votes and to get even with bishops questioning his catholicity) President Biden told the world in a sound byte that the pope told him he is a good Catholic and to continue to receive Holy Communion.
Because this sound byte can be used for manipulative reasons and to polarize and divide Catholics and their bishops in the USA, the Vatican should set the record straight and tell us the context of this statement and if it is accurate or was there that all important word “if?”
The Holy Father needs to keep his bishops in communion with him and should not punish them by backhanded or passive aggressive, snarky means.
To me it appears that if the pope actually said this to President Biden, knowing the divisions among the Bishops of the USA then it is an act of passive aggression towards bishops in communion with him and an untoward and immature way to deal with those bishops that make him mad.
And it plays out in the major medias as well as social media like this one.
This pope does seem to me to be passive aggressive and sometimes quite active aggressive, but only towards those he perceives as annoying him like the dubia cardinals but the same toward Archbishop Viganò who in my mind should have been and should be called into the papal office for a listening and talking to session because what Vigano is doing is unacceptable as is some of what this pope is doing if in fact he is doing it.
As much as this pope talks about listening and dialogue, he is notorious about not doing it and only with one group of people, the ones he considers legalistic, rigid and orthodox.
If Pope Francis thinks Catholics in manifest unrepentant sinfulness should receive Holy Communion as a “magic Cookie” to cure all their ailments and make them feel good despite their sins and crimes, then the pope should issue a formal statement confirming this teaching and in his name.
But if what the pope said to President Biden is true, there’s that pesky “if” again, then this is just one more thing this pope has done to polarize Catholics, bishops, priests, deacons, men and women religious and the laity or is it the laity, women and men religious, deacons, priests, and bishops or should I have started with non-believers?