- Jul 23, 2021
A page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops answers a series of questions regarding the bishops’ vote to approve drafting a document on the Eucharist during their spring general assembly June 16-18.
In a new column, Bishop Thomas Paprocki notes the importance of the U.S. Bishops’ vote to draft a document on the Eucharist as what’s needed to continue dialogue and mend the division among the nation’s prelates.
U.S. Bishops voted overwhelmingly to approve a proposal from the U.S. Bishops Conference doctrinal committee to draft a document on the Eucharist, which could have implications for Catholic politicians receiving the Eucharist, despite last minute pleas from some of the nation’s top prelates to do otherwise.
In a spirited two hour long conversation Thursday, both critics and champions of a U.S. Bishops Conference doctrinal committee proposal to draft a document on the Eucharist cited timing and pro-choice politicians as reasons why they were for or against the proposal.
A motion to give individual bishops unlimited time to speak on a U.S. Bishops Conference doctrinal committee proposal to draft a document on the Eucharist was ultimately denied at day one of their spring meeting Wednesday, but not before a spirited, near hour-long, debate on the timing of the proposal.
Ahead of the bishops’ spring assembly, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington has appointed Father Jorge Torres, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, to help implement a planned multiyear National Eucharistic Revival.
They share Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there’s a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in the high-stakes debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Communion.