Eucharist document could affect Catholic politicians

A priest prepares to distribute Communion during Mass in Washington (CNS/Bob Roller)

The United States bishops voted overwhelmingly to draft a document on the Eucharist which could have implications for Catholic politicians receiving the Eucharist. Source: Crux.

The results of the vote were announced on Friday, on day three of the bishops’ spring meeting. One hundred and sixty-eight bishops voted in favour of the proposal, 55 voted against it, and there were six abstentions. There was no further discussion of the topic after the results were read, following two days of passionate remarks from bishops on both sides of the issue.

After the meeting, a few bishops issued statements on the results. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said he was “grateful” for the decision.

“At this historic time in the Church, I would exhort us all to remember the Eucharistic martyrs who died to protect the Most Blessed Sacrament from profanation, and to take heart,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a statement.

Now that the proposal has been approved, the doctrinal committee will draft the document for a vote at the next meeting in November, where it will need a two-thirds majority vote for approval.

At the heart of the controversy surrounding the soon-to-be drafted document is a subsection on Eucharistic consistency that many expect will address Catholic pro-choice politician’s worthiness to receive the Eucharist.

A number of bishops claimed the document is aimed towards President Joe Biden, and to a lesser degree House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both Catholics, because of their commitment to expanding abortion rights.

Mr Biden’s local bishop, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, has already said he will not bar Mr Biden from receiving Communion. Cardinal Gregory stated his opposition to drafting the document Thursday.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin also made the case that “voting in the affirmative (of the proposal) will produce a document, not unity.”


Bishops vote for doc on communion with reverberations for Biden (By John Lavenburg, Crux)


UPDATE: Bishops vote to draft teaching document on the Eucharist (By Dennis Sadowski, CNS)

What is the Catholic Communion controversy? (Crux)

US Catholic bishops advance communion document, setting up potential rebuke of Biden (CNN)

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