After rumors circulated that Bernie Sanders would be meeting with Pope Francis during his upcoming trip to Rome, the Vatican has denied it was ever scheduled.
According to the pontiff's chief spokesman, no meeting has been scheduled and has not taken place, flatly denying it in an email to Politico.
Sanders will be visiting Rome this upcoming Friday and is set to speak with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which sparked some of the confusion. Though the academy takes some funds from the Holy See, it is not formally a part of the Roman Catholic Church and is entirely autonomous.
Bernie Sanders has expressed admiration for Pope Francis in the past, primarily on some of his statements about capitalism. He has not once addressed Pope Francis' many statements condemning same-sex marriage and abortion, something that leftist outlet Salon has now addressed, and even implored the Sanders campaign to distance themselves from the Vatican.
For once, Salon may actually be right in saying Pope Francis is no friend to Bernie Sanders, because the pontiff just recently upheld Catholic teaching in regards to contraception, divorce, and homosexuality with his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
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