MATTINGLY | Biden, Bishops and “Eucharistic Coherence” | Religion


The quote continued: “Receiving Holy Communion in such a situation would not be in keeping with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so he or she would have to abstain. “

As initiates predicted, this project of “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church” does not mention the debates over the sacramental status of Catholic politicians who have always defended abortion rights, such as Biden or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

However, he links certain points on this subject by drawing inspiration from the writings of Pope Francis.

“Lay people who exercise a certain form of public authority have a particular responsibility to embody the teaching of the Church in the service of the common good,” notes the project. “Pope Francis has warned us that in our ‘throwaway culture’ we must fight the tendency to think of people as ‘throwaway’. … Ultimately, “people are no longer seen as a primary value to be cared for and respected, especially when they are poor and disabled”, “not yet useful” – like unborn children – or “No longer needed” – like the elderly. “

Some American bishops – with close ties to Pope Francis – have argued that this USCCB statement should be delayed or eliminated altogether.

To be frank, bishops know they have other issues affecting the bottom line of American parishes, according to Timothy P. O’Malley, executive director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.


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