CNA: Archbishop Cordileone: We Need ‘Major Effort’ to ‘Re-Catechize’ Catholics on the Eucharist

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates Mass on the Cathedral Plaza in San Francisco on Aug. 22. (photo: Dennis Callahan / Archdiocese of San Francisco)

At their upcoming virtual spring meeting, the U.S. bishops are scheduled to deliberate and vote on whether to begin drafting a document on Eucharistic coherence.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Archbishop of San Francisco said last week there must be a “major effort” to “re-catechize” Catholics on the Eucharist and worthiness to receive Communion.

In an interview which aired on Thursday on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that the matter of “Eucharistic coherence” applies to all Catholics, not just Catholic public officials. The bishops are scheduled to discuss the topic at their upcoming spring meeting from June 16-18, and vote on whether or not to begin drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist.

Regarding the worthiness of Catholics to receive Communion – including politicians who publicly support permissive legislation on grave evils such as abortion – “we’ve been debating this and discussing it for a very long time, at least 20 years now,” Archbishop Cordileone said on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. …

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