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Cardinal Peter Turkson Lisa Bourne / LifeSiteNews

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(LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Peter Turkson called for Joe Biden to be admitted to Holy Communion in an interview last weekend, asserting that the abortion-promoting, dissident “Catholic” Democrat is not in a “state of sin.”

“The Eucharist should not in any way become a weapon,” the Ghanaian cardinal and head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said in an interview with Axios that aired Sunday on HBO.

“If you say somebody cannot receive Communion, you are basically doing a judgment that you are in a state of sin,” Turkson replied in response to a question about whether Biden “is a Catholic in good standing.”

Asked specifically whether Biden should be denied Holy Communion due to being in a state of sin, Turkson said “no.”

“You know, if, you know, a priest who’s distributing communion sees –unexpected, all of a sudden, somebody he knows to have committed murder, he’s meant to protect their dignity and the respect of that person,” the cardinal said.

Denial of the Eucharist should be reserved “for extreme cases,” according to Turkson.

Since taking office in January, Biden has imposed what is widely recognized as the most extreme, pro-abortion platform in U.S. presidential history.

Within days of his inauguration, Biden reinstated millions of dollars of funding for abortions overseas. In May, he proposed the first federal budget in decades that would allow taxpayer funding of elective abortion in the United States. Under Biden’s leadership, the federal government has ramped up experimentation on aborted babies, lifted safety regulations on chemical abortion drugs, and sued Catholic nuns in an attempt to force doctors to perform transgender surgeries.

And last month, Biden personally directed a “whole-of-government effort” to sabotage Texas’s historic heartbeat law, which has saved an estimated 100 babies per day since coming into effect in September. Biden, a self-styled “devout Catholic,” called the life-saving law “pernicious” and “almost un-American.”

The Catholic Church defines abortion as “gravely contrary to the moral law” and “attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.” A 2004 Vatican memo identified “consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” as “formal cooperation” in the “grave sin” abortion, requiring exclusion from Communion.

Biden continues to receive Holy Communion in the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., with the explicit approval of liberal Cardinal Wilton Gregory.

Cardinal Turkson and the ‘Great Reset’

Biden’s pro-LGBT, pro-abortion agenda aligns closely with that of an ally whom both he and Cardinal Turkson share: the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Turkson has served for years as the Vatican’s top liaison to the WEF, the group behind the infamous “Great Reset” scheme “to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies.”

The cardinal and possible papal candidate has joined at least five annual summits of the WEF during Pope Francis’ pontificate, including in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020, often delivering remarks from the pope or hosting the Vatican’s own WEF “roundtable.”

Cardinal Turkson has continued his partnership with the group even after it announced the far-left, pro-LGBT “Great Reset” program last year.

The “Great Reset,” which seeks to enshrine socialistic “stakeholder capitalism” as the dominant global economic model, includes “LGBTI Inclusion” as a key theme. “Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” WEF founder Klaus Schwab said of the initiative in June.

Among the WEF’s LGBT programs was a project last summer to promote “LGBTQI+ inclusion during the COVID-19 crisis” in collaboration with the Thomas Reuters Foundation and Salesforce – two of the many pro-LGBT organizations on Pope Francis’s council for “inclusive capitalism.”

In January, Turkson joined the WEF once again for the Forum’s most recent summit, which specifically centered around the “Great Reset.” In an interview with the National Catholic Register shortly after, Turkson explained the Vatican’s involvement with the WEF, saying “we need to be open” to the Reset.

“We need to have our eyes a bit more open to all of this because, since the pandemic began last winter, Pope Francis invited us to create a commission to follow this,” he said, referring to the Vatican COVID-19 Commission, which Turkson oversees.

He also noted that the commission has “shared a lot of information with Davos, the U.N., about our approach” and that “last year, when we went to Davos, we went there to propose ‘stakeholder capitalism’” – the same economic system pushed by the WEF.

The difference between Pope Francis’s vision and that of the “Great Reset,” Turkson said, is that “our discourse is rooted in the grace of God, with which we can improve and transform nature.”

In the same interview, however, the cardinal revealed that the Vatican has “not talked about salvation in any group.” “The objective is not to provoke conversion on the point of everybody, to bring anybody to their faith,” he said. “If anything, it’s just about the point of our common humanity, as it were, and how we can engage the different institutions to promote that.”

“So when we engage with these groups in conversation, it’s not to throw religion at them,” Turkson said.