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US EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

02:40  19 june  2021
02:40  19 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.

Catholics in general, they argue—not just pro-abortion politicians—need to be more aware of the Church’s requirements for reception of Holy Communion , most importantly not being conscious of grave sin. If the conference as a whole chooses to address this broader topic, it could carry Another consideration - as the bishops hope to help Catholics recover a proper sense of worthiness to receive Communion - is the connection with the sacrament of confession. Although certain dioceses promote the sacrament of confession during Lent, there has not—yet—been mention by bishops of the need

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion.

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  Majority of Catholic bishops support considering denying Biden Communion An overwhelming majority of American Catholic bishops are open to discussing writing a document whose promulgation could bar President Joe Biden from receiving Holy Communion. © Provided by Washington Examiner More than 85% of bishops on Wednesday voted in favor of an in-depth conversation about how to preach the Catholic Church's teaching on Communion. The council, which includes more than 300 bishops, will consider issuing a statement on "the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.

The Cuomo- Communion controversy revealed several “fault lines” in Catholics ’ understanding of the relationship between canon law and pastoral practice, fault lines that can be traced, I think, to the antinomian earthquakes that shook Church and state in the 1960s and which fractures in thinking are still active today. Similarly well-settled (again, demonstrably so, space-permitting) are the other two points of the Cuomo- Communion controversy , namely, that if Catholics do cohabit as above, they should not present themselves for Holy Communion , and if, again on facts like those presented in the

In the Catholic faith, Communion is the central part of the Mass. To receive the Eucharist, you must, among other requirements, be a Baptized Catholic , and be in a state of grace. If you were Baptized in another Christian denomination you will make what is called a "Profession of Faith," to convert to Catholicism .[1] X Research source.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, listen as Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, delivers the invocation during a COVID-19 memorial at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington. Gregory has made clear that President Biden, who sometimes worships in Washington, is welcome to receive Communion at the archdiocese's churches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, listen as Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, delivers the invocation during a COVID-19 memorial at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington. Gregory has made clear that President Biden, who sometimes worships in Washington, is welcome to receive Communion at the archdiocese's churches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The 168-55 vote to proceed, vehemently opposed by a minority of bishops amid impassioned debate during virtual meetings, came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach.

In this image taken from video, the Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, rejects an agenda motion during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual assembly on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this image taken from video, the Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of San Francisco, rejects an agenda motion during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual assembly on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP)

Here's a look at what has happened and what lies ahead:

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

  Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access. Others warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.

Anytime Catholics are unable to receive the Eucharist, they can make an act of Spiritual Communion . Although there are different versions of the Spiritual Communion prayer, one of the most popular was written by St. Alphonsus of Liguori in the 1700s (see sidebar). In an article published by Catholic News Service, Pope Francis said that “United to Christ we are never alone, but instead form one body, of which He is the head. It is a union that is nourished with prayer and also with Spiritual Communion in the Eucharist, a practice that is recommended when it isn’t possible to receive the sacrament.”

, Cradle Catholic , monk formed in Catholicism , priest in Theology and the Bible. Communion is the one sacrament intended to be received, not just once (Baptism, confirmation, orders) or rarely (marriage) or as needed (reconciliation, annointing of the sick) but regularly--ideally weekly or even daily. This is because it is spiritual nourishment--just as we eat daily, more or less, we need communion regularly to sustain us in our life, while most of us do not have regular graduation ceremonies: once you have your High School diploma, you don't need a second one.

IS THIS AIMED AT PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN?

The chairman of the USCCB's doctrine committee, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, says no decisions have been made on the final contents of the proposed document but that it will not mention Biden or other individuals by name. And it will offer guidelines, not establish a mandatory national policy.

However, multiple bishops on both sides acknowledge the political significance of the document and say it is unavoidably about the president. Supporters say a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access, while opponents warn that in doing so they risk being perceived as a partisan force.

In this image taken from video, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president and Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles confers with staff to alert the next speaker during their virtual assembly on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this image taken from video, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president and Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles confers with staff to alert the next speaker during their virtual assembly on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP)

“It’s quite clear that for a lot of the bishops, a lot of the impact is political,” said William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic studies at DePaul University in Chicago. “You have some of them saying this is not about Joe Biden, but in the comments the bishops made in that Zoom session, a lot of them mentioned Biden and gave the game away.”

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

  Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access. Others warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.

The Catholic may not receive communion until this irregular situation is resolved. If the Defender of the Banns successfully argues for the validity of the petitioner’s first marriage and the Tribunal finds the petitioner's marriage is still valid the petitioner is already married to someone else and is not at liberty That being said, many people (even occasionally Catholics ) are unclear on the concept of what Mass is. Some people use the word (inaccurately) to describe any prayer service. For example, I've heard many people refer to "Good Friday Mass" when, of course, Good Friday is the only day of the year

Closed communion is the practice of restricting the serving of the elements of Holy Communion (also called Eucharist, The Lord's Supper) to those who are members in good standing of a particular church, denomination, sect, or congregation.

Biden is the nation's second Catholic president and the first to assume office since abortion became a major political issue. He supports the legality of abortion, while Catholic bishops have long made its abolition a foremost policy goal.

The issue is particularly salient with Biden because he has long been very public in his devotion, fluently speaking the language of faith and regularly attending Mass even on busy days like his own inauguration and the recent G-7 summit in Britain.

In this photo taken from video, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington rejects a motion to draft a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual assembly on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Wilton has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken from video, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington rejects a motion to draft a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' virtual assembly on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Wilton has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops via AP)

WHAT DO BIDEN AND OTHER CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS SAY?

“That’s a private matter, and I don’t think that’s going to happen," the president said when asked at the White House on Friday.

60 Catholic Democrats Urge Bishops to Not Block Joe Biden From Communion Over Abortion

  60 Catholic Democrats Urge Bishops to Not Block Joe Biden From Communion Over Abortion "To pursue a blanket denial of the Holy Eucharist to certain elected officials would indeed grieve the Holy Spirit and deny the evolution of that individual, a Christian person who is never perfect, but living in the struggle to get there," the 60 Democrats wrote."We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents," the letter reads. "The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of a woman's safe and legal access to abortion is contradictory.

Sixty Catholic Democrats in Congress signed a letter to the bishops saying: “We solemnly urge you to not move forward and deny this most holy of all sacraments, the source and the summit of the whole work of the gospel over one issue."

They said they're inspired by Catholic social teaching to serve the neediest and to promote alternatives to abortion. They added that the “weaponizing” of Communion for those who support abortion rights is inconsistent, since bishops haven't targeted Catholic politicians who back other policies that contradict church teachings, such as the death penalty or hard-line immigration and asylum stances.

WHAT IS THE BISHOPS' POSITION ON THAT?

In a document titled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, last updated in 2019, the U.S. bishops lay out their official teachings on the political responsibilities of Catholics. It cites a wide range of policy concerns — but also prioritizes abortion.

"The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed," it reads. “At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty.”

EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

  EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy? A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion. TheThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion.

The bishops also deplore the “inhumane treatment” and family separations of immigrants, as well as “gun violence, xenophobia, capital punishment and other issues that affect human life and dignity.”

But it’s much less common for bishops to discuss denying Communion on issues other than abortion.

CAN THE BISHOPS' CONFERENCE BAR BIDEN FROM COMMUNION?

No. Only the local bishop where he's going to church can do that. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The USCCB's Committee on Doctrine will spend the next months preparing a draft document.

At the bishops’ next national meeting in November, expected to be conducted in person in Baltimore, bishops will have a chance to offer amendments. For it to be adopted, the final draft would require approval by two-thirds of bishops, and then by the Vatican itself.

During the debate at this week’s meeting, several bishops suggested meeting regionally in the next few months to thrash out their differences face-to-face.

Rhoades indicted that his committee could start work soon on noncontroversial sections and await input from the regional meetings on the more contentious parts.

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American bishops seek to deny Biden Communion: ‘We’ve never had a situation like this’ .
The Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. voted on Friday to begin drafting new guidance that could deny President Biden and other pro-choice public officials Communion due to their support of abortion rights, placing Biden at the center of a political and religious clash. The draft document will define the meaning of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, a ritual that is part of every Mass, and, according to Catholic teaching, transforms bread and wine into the physical body and blood of Jesus Christ.

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