For those who missed it, a bit of Catholic drama was recently "resolved" with another useless proclamation that didn't live up to the hype.
Here are the basics . . .
Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, one of the leaders who led effort to produce the document, said before the vote that it's the bishops' responsibility to "care for the souls of these politicians" and that while they should acknowledge the difficulty of public service, the church leaders should "not be afraid" to let politicians know how "serious" this issue is.
The document offers guidelines, rather than imposing a mandatory national policy, so decisions about who may receive Communion will be left up to individual bishops and archbishops. Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Mr. Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese.
Ironically, a matter of personal choice seemed to settle the dispute.
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American Catholic bishops voted to adopt a document about Holy Communion and who should receive the sacrament, an issue that was in part inspired by President Biden's election. Mr. Biden, a devout Catholic, supports the right of women to have an abortion, which the Catholic Church opposes.
U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a long-anticipated document on Communion on Wednesday that stops short of calling for withholding the sacrament from politicians such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights but offers plenty of tacit justification for individual bishops to do so.
After its last meeting in June, the U.S. bishops' conference tried to walk back messaging about a document on so-called "eucharistic coherence...
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