Pope Francis questioned President Biden’s conscience on Tuesday in an interview during which he described the commander-in-chief’s religious identity and views on abortion as incoherent.
“A month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life,” the pontiff said in the interview with Spanish-language outlet Univision.
Asked about Biden — a self-professed “devout Catholic” who supports blanket legalization of abortion on the federal level — the pope dismissed the president as incomprehensible.
“A month after conception, the DNA of the fetus is already there and the organs are aligned. There is human life,” the pope said in the Univision interview. “Is it just to eliminate a human life?”
He added that Biden should instead question his own conscience and consult with his bishop.
“I leave it to [President Biden’s] conscience and that he speaks to his bishop, his pastor, his parish priest about that incoherence,” the pope remarked.
The pope has been hesitant to directly meddle in politics since the beginning of his papacy — afraid to devolve the Holy See into a normal, secular world power.
Instead, Pope Francis has taken a more pastoral role via his encyclicals and apostolic journeys — many historic in content.
The Holy Father is currently finishing preparations for a trip to Canada, after which he has committed to visiting the war-torn Ukraine. The first-ever apostolic journey to Moscow is also currently being discussed, should Russian authorities allow the visit.