The Catholic Bishops’ Meeting in June Will Include a Discussion on Who Can Receive Communion
At its virtual June conference, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will consider which Catholics qualify to receive Communion. The decision comes after some conservative bishops called for Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, including President Joe Biden, to be barred from receiving Communion.
Meanwhile, a group of bishops has asked Los Angeles Archbishop and USCCB President Jos Gomez to take the matter off the agenda until the group can meet in person. Gomez confirmed the meeting would take place in a document posted on Saturday, stating that the topic would be whether or not cultural and political figures should be permitted to receive Communion.
Those opposed to the conversation, according to Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, a conservative bishop in favor of refusing Communion to politicians like Biden, are encouraging an atmosphere of “factionalism.” Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, a critic of efforts to deny politicians Communion, stated in an essay that it can have “hugely damaging effects” and that “the Eucharist is being militarized and employed as a weapon in political warfare.” This must not take place.”
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The conference’s Committee on Doctrine will vote on whether to draft a text addressing the Communion issue and present it at a later date.
One of the conservatives, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, questioned the request to postpone the debate.
In a statement, Cordileone said, “I’m extremely concerned by the developing public acrimony among bishops and the adoption of behind-closed-doors measures to interfere with the acknowledged, normal, agreed-upon procedures of the USCCB.” “Rather of attempting to sabotage the process, those who do not want to release a declaration on Eucharistic coherence should be open to discuss the topic objectively and equitably with their fellow bishops.”
Cordileone complimented Gomez for his “integrity in insuring that the protocols of our bishop’s conference are followed” and said he was looking forward to the June meeting’s “serene discourse” on Communion policies.
In his remarks, Aquila claimed that Catholics who receive Communion “in an unworthy manner” harm their souls.
“As bishops, we are failing in our role as shepherds if we overlook this fact and how it is presenting itself in today’s culture, particularly among those in positions of power.” This is a condensed version of the information.