New bishop of Biden’s hometown mum on Communion question

ROME (AP) — The newly appointed bishop of President Joe Biden’s home diocese in Delaware says he would gladly speak with the president about his stance on abortion but he’s not saying whether he would allow Biden to keep receiving Communion, as his predecessor has. Monsignor William Koenig said Friday at a news conference that as a bishop, he is called to teach “the fullness and the beauty of the Catholic faith.” Koenig replaces Wilmington Bishop Francis Malooly, 77, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis. Biden worships in Wilmington and in Washington. The bishops of both places have welcomed him to receive Communion despite his support for abortion rights.