Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops ‘statement of principles’ on Communion vote

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WASHINGTON (RNS) — A group of Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives is preparing a “statement of principles” to be released after a planned vote Thursday (June 17) by the American Catholic bishops on a proposal to draft a document on the Eucharist that taps into ongoing debate regarding Communion and politicians who back … 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

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

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(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.

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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