For no apparent reason, the Vatican announced that it had canceled the live broadcast of President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis.
According to the Washington Post, it showed the President arriving in his motorcade, but then the broadcast ended there. However, there will be “edited” footage given to specific media outlets later:
The Vatican on Thursday abruptly canceled the planned live broadcast of U.S. President Joe Biden meeting Pope Francis, the latest restriction to media coverage of the Holy See.
The Vatican press office provided no explanation for why the live broadcast of Biden’s visit had been trimmed to cover just the arrival of the president’s motorcade in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where a Vatican monsignor will greet him.
Cancelled was any live coverage of Biden actually greeting Francis in the palace Throne Room, as well as the live footage of the two men sitting down to begin their private talks in Francis’ library, at which time the cameras normally would have stopped running.
The Vatican said it would provide edited footage of the encounter after the fact to accredited media.
According to the Associated Press, this would have been an important moment due to the fact that the Vatican hasn’t allowed for independent photographers or journalists to attend papal audiences since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and continues to use this as the reason it has continued to keep media out.
Speculation as to why has begun circulating amongst the people, with some surmising that this was likely a request from Biden’s handlers to save Biden and the Democrat party any further embarrassment from Biden’s continued inability to censor himself from what should be private knowledge or prevent himself from saying something embarrassing.
None of these have been confirmed.
Biden is the second Catholic president to serve in office, though his stances on abortion have run afoul of many Catholic officials. The Pope himself has called the act “murder.” Bishops from the U.S. are due to meet in a few weeks for their annual fall convention with one of the agenda items being the discussion of Biden’s stances on abortion and how his support for it should disqualify him from receiving communion.
The AP has said that the bishops will likely not mention Biden by name but issue a strong “rebuke” regardless. While the Pope has said that abortion is murder, he also issued a statement after hearing about the bishop’s plans and said that they should be pastors, not politicians.