Today the USCCB overwhelmingly voted yes to the drafting of a document about the Eucharist. Only 66% was needed to move that document forward and the approval garnered 75% of the bishops’ votes.
Given that the Pew survey a couple years back revealed that some 75% of self-identifying Catholics don’t believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist, the real story is not that 75% of the bishops thought a document on the Eucharist was needed, but that 25% thought it was not needed. In fact, some of the dissenting bishops think the document will be harmful. Talking about the problem could do damage! That’s the line of thought.
I saw a tweet from one of the papalotrous New catholic Red Guard which said that when bishops in the Amazonian Pachamama Synod (“walking together”) talked about ordaining married me, the divisions deepened. So… shhhhhh! Don’t talk about our problems.
Hey! Wait! I just remembered. Bishops don’t need the USCCB to tell them whether or not they can teach about the Eucharist. The USCCB can’t tell them anything, as a matter of fact. So, perhaps the US bishops should – all on their own! – start teaching about the Eucharist. Outside the box?
Meanwhile, Biden was asked about the possibility that he could be denied Communion. He said that that was a private matter. NO, it really isn’t a private matter, not if he goes to a church for a public Mass, it isn’t. He is a highly visible public figure, highly recognizable (swarms of Secret Service is a give away). In an age when everyone has a camera phone, it is decidedly not “private’. That is precisely the point of one dimension of the discussion about the Eucharist and “Eucharistic coherence”… is that the term they are using now? If you are obviously and obstinately and perennially in defiance of certain important teachings of the Church, and if you are a highly visible public figure, then can. 915 applies: those who administer the Eucharist are barred from giving that figure Communion. Communion is not to be given to those people. That doesn’t apply just to politicians.
Again meanwhile, the bishops approved (voting 182 in favor, 6 opposed, 2 abstaining) the ICEL Gray Book of the Order of Penance for use in the dioceses of the United States. So there will be a new translation of the various penance services, etc. I haven’t seen that Gray Book to check if the formula of absolution will be tinkered with.
Remember, Fathers. You can always use Latin.