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Joe Biden heading to Vatican to witness installation of Pope Francis, say something stupid

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By Doug Powers  •  March 14, 2013 10:41 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Which will Joe do first: Beg for a ride in the Popemobile, or ask when he’s going to get to meet “Mrs. Francis”?

From CBS News:

According to a senior U.S. government official, Vice President Joe Biden – America’s first Catholic vice president and the highest ranking Catholic official in the country – will lead the U.S. delegation to witness the installation of Pope Francis in Rome, CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. The White House has yet to announce the full delegation for the inauguration Mass, which will be held next Tuesday.

“I am happy to have the chance to personally relay my well wishes, and those of the American people, when I travel to Rome for his Inaugural Mass,” Biden said in a statement today.

“The Catholic Church plays an essential role in my life and the lives of more than a billion people in America and around the world, not just in matters of our faith, but in pursuit of peace and human dignity for all faiths. I look forward to our work together in the coming years on many important issues.”

Biden is expected to tell Pope Francis that the Obama administration is committed to ongoing dialog with the Catholic church and its affiliates. Well, their lawyers at least.

If Biden attends a service, he shouldn’t expect to receive holy communion:

Moreover, on behalf of the bishops of Latin America, also in 2007, Cardinal Bergoglio presented the “Aparecida Document” regarding the situation of the Church in their countries. The document, approved by Pope Benedict XVI in July of that year, made a very clear statement regarding the consequences of supporting abortion, disallowing holy communion for anyone who facilitates an abortion, including politicians.

The text states in paragraph 436 that “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Twitchy on Biden’s trip to Rome: What could go wrong?

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