‘Not A Man of God’: Pope Benedict Bans ‘Catholic’ Biden From Attending His Funeral

Joe Biden, the first Catholic president in six decades who proclaims himself to be a “devout” follower of the church’s teachings, has been snubbed by the late Pope Benedict XVI and told not to attend his funeral.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that America’s Ambassador to the Holy See will attend the funeral instead of Biden. Jean-Pierre said Biden won’t be attending the funeral “in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican.”

Biden, who claims to be Catholic despite conflicting views, reacted to the snub while speaking with reporters Wednesday on the South Lawn while leaving the White House.

Instead of attending Benedict’s funeral with other world leaders, Biden is traveling to Kentucky to commemorate his infrastructure law with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

A reporter asked Biden why he won’t be attending the funeral for the former pope, who died on Saturday. Biden, obviously riled by Benedict’s decision to ban him from the funeral, appeared to snap at the reporter over the question.

Biden was visibly irritated with the reporter for asking why he won’t be attending the pope’s funeral.

“You’re not attending [Pope Benedict XVI’s] funeral tomorrow, though. Why?” a reporter asked.

“Well, why do you think?” Biden retorted.

The reporter shot back: “You tell me.”

“You know why,” Biden said.

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