Catholic bishops publish Q&A clarifying controversial Communion document

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(RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops followed its vote last week to commission a document on the Eucharist with a new Q&A, aimed at clarifying the rationale for the document, widely seen as a move toward denying Communion to politicians who back abortion rights. The Q&A, published on the USCCB website on Wednesday (June … Read more

After politically charged debate, bishops vote to draft controversial Communion document

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(RNS) — Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have voted to draft a document on the Eucharist, green lighting a controversial effort championed by a group of conservative clerics who have called for denying Communion to President Joe Biden and other Catholic Democrats who support abortion rights. The vote was announced Friday (June … Read more

Bishops quick to debate Eucharist — and Joe Biden — at meeting

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(RNS) — The opening day of the American Catholic bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday (June 16) had nothing on the agenda about the controversial topic of Communion and President Joe Biden. The meeting’s first-day sessions were supposed to be dedicated to the mundane business of nurturing Catholic families and discussing drafts of liturgical language. But … 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