Catholics to US Bishops: Restore Eucharistic Belief Through Tradition, Orthodoxy (We Can’t Read Our Way Out of This)

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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant, August 15, 2019

Even non-Catholics say reverence is key while bishops offer reading material

WASHINGTON ( – Catholics and even non-Catholics are telling the U.S. bishops that only by restoring reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament will they restore belief in the Real Presence. The bishops, however, are offering catechetical booklets.

Following a poll showing 7 out of 10 baptized Catholics do not believe that the Eucharist is Christ, U.S. bishops are asking the public for a solution.

On Friday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops posted the following question on its official Facebook page: “A recent PEW study revealed that only 1/3 of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. What are some ideas to solving this issue? We want to hear your opinion.”

The bishops’ post received more than 1,200 responses. The vast majority say faith in the eucharistic Lord can only be ignited by treating Him reverently in countless ways. Specific advice to bishops included:

  • Masses should be said ad orientem

  • Communion rails should be restored

  • Tabernacles should be front and center

  • Ordained priests and deacons should distribute Holy Communion

  • Communicants should receive while kneeling and on the tongue

  • Communion in the hand should be banned

  • Communicants should dress appropriately

  • Gregorian chant, sacred music and Latin at Mass should be restored

  • Sacred silence at Mass should be restored

  • Eucharistic adoration should be promoted

  • Homilies should teach the Real Presence

  • Remind communicants to receive only in a state of grace

  • Encourage confession and make it available before Mass

  • Pro-abortion politicians must not receive Holy Communion …..