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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist after a contentious debate on whether President Biden and other politicians who support abortion policies are worthy of receiving Communion at Mass.
More than 73% of the U.S. bishops casting ballots at a virtual conference this week supported tasking the USCCB’s doctrine committee to draft language on maintaining consistency with the Eucharist. A section of the document is expected to include a specific admonition to Catholic politicians and other public figures who disobey church teaching on abortion and other core doctrinal issues.
The article goes on to state the following:
The vote tally announced Friday was 168 bishops in favor, 55 opposed and six bishops abstaining.
When asked at a press conference on Thursday following the vote if Biden, a Catholic president, should be able to receive communion, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said, “I can’t answer that question. We will be looking at that whole issue of eucharistic consistency. When you look at cannon law, that is a decision of his bishop.”
The document will be subject to amendments and voted on at the USCCB’s next meeting in November
The action will also need to be approved by the Vatican, which according to the report, is highly unlikely.
This week, Pope Francis cautioned American bishops against denying communion to politicians and warned that communion can’t be used as a political weapon. The group moved ahead with their debate this week, despite the pope’s warning.
U.S. Catholic bishops passed a controversial proposal on communion, advancing a push to deny President Biden the sacrament because of his support of abortion rights. https://t.co/usNtqBxt3o
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 18, 2021
The chairman of the bishops’ doctrine committee said the document would not name any politicians and would offer guidelines rather than impose a policy. Washington’s archbishop has made clear that Biden can receive Communion at his archdiocese’s churches. https://t.co/g3UqlUbT6Q
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 18, 2021
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