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

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(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

As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda

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(RNS) — When the bishops gather virtually for their June meeting next week, all the attention will be focused on whether pro-choice Catholic politicians will be banned from Communion. The answer — spoiler alert! — is no. At the June 16-18 meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will only vote on whether to permit … Read more

Communion ban for pro-choice politicians is an old story, but the stakes have grown

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As bishops in the United States prepare to discuss the drafting of a document that could ban pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden from receiving Communion, experts say while this is not a new debate, the stakes are higher than ever. In 2004, when Catholic Democratic politician John F. Kerry … Read more