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*Image: His Eminence Returns by Jehan-Georges Vibert, c; 1865 [Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA]

By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing, July 7, 2021

John M. Grondelski – a new contributor to The Catholic Thing – is former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are exclusively his.


John M. GrondelskiAs the tumultuous Spring 2021 General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fades, I propose a topic for the Fall meeting that may make the recent debate over Eucharistic coherence look like a walk in the park.  Let’s review the bishops’ performance during the pandemic.

More bishops are rescinding dispensations from the dominical precept and restoring the canonical obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.  Barring some unforeseen turn of events (like the resurgence of COVID or one of its mutations) dioceses should be “back to normal” and the bishops able to gather once more in person in November. …

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