- NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER - Nov 10, 2020 -
VATICAN CITY — Neither Pope Francis nor the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, have spoken publicly about last week’s U.S. presidential election, possibly waiting for a definitive result.
But over the course of the 2020 election campaign, especially in the weeks leading up to the vote, words and actions coming from both Pope Francis and his advisers suggest their preferred candidate was Joe Biden, whose globalist, humanitarian and politically liberal vision closely matches their own.
Vatican officials refrained from inviting Biden to a Vatican conference this year, unlike Bernie Sanders in 2016, but that didn’t prevent them from tacitly supporting Biden’s campaign in other ways, and one of the most apparent examples was the Holy Father’s latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (“Brothers All”).
Published just a month before the Nov. 3 election, it contained numerous passages that soon served as campaign material for Biden, which the former vice president used as an indictment of Trump’s presidency. Under the heading, “A better kind of politics,” the Pope argued against a form of populism that can become “another source of polarization” and division.
Biden, who supports same-sex “marriage” and taxpayer-funded abortion, and has threatened to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for their employees’ contraception, while underscoring his Catholic roots, quickly latched on to the Pope’s words.
“Pope Francis warns us against this phony populism that appeals to the basest and most selfish instinct,” he told supporters at a campaign rally in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Oct. 27. “[Francis] goes on to say politics is more noble than posturing, marketing and media spin. These sow nothing but division, conflict and bleak cynicism.”