What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians


(RNS) — When U.S. Catholic bishops huddle for their (virtual) annual spring meeting later this month, the prelates will debate a thorny theological issue: Should the sacrament of Communion be denied to Catholic politicians who back the right to an abortion, a practice the church condemns?  The bishops’ debate won’t decide that question directly — … Read more

Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.


(RNS) — In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks, “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?” I have been turning that question over in my head lately as I consider the recent behavior of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. These are men who trace … Read more