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A Needed Document, Regardless of Biden

The media and others would politicize what is intended as a teaching document about the meaning of the Eucharist. It is true that public witness (good and bad) is a necessary element of the larger discussion.  However, we must be wary not to be sidetracked from needed consideration of the general disposition of believers for Eucharistic reception to an exclusive focus on the worthiness of one person or group. While we can and should make our voices heard, bishops and their ministering clergy are the proper stewards of the sacraments and we should humbly and obediently leave to them any particular determinations, even if it should regard some of the most famous Catholics in the nation. (As a priest I have made my views known to past ordinaries; however, when all is said and done, I know that my respect and obedience must give room to my superiors to make what I might regard as serious errors in judgment.) Those who would threaten the bishops or attempt to manipulate the Church over whether President Biden or Congresswoman Pelosi receives Holy Communion understand neither the situation nor their place in the larger discussion.  The USCCB as of 2021 is seeking to jump-start a three year national campaign to restore a true Catholic sense or understanding of our faith in the Eucharistic Lord.

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