Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: Politicizing the Eucharist

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Ercole de' Roberti The Institution of the Eucharist probably 1490s Egg on wood, 29.8 x 21 cm Bought, 1882 NG1127

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing, May 1, 20231

Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, a prolific writer and one of the most prominent living theologians, serves as a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission. His newest book is Jesus Becoming Jesus: A Theological Interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels.


Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap.On April 14, America magazine, as part of its ongoing series, The Conversation with America Media, published an article by Archbishop Samuel Aquila: “For the church to live in eucharistic coherence, we must be willing to challenge Catholics persisting in grave sin.”

Archbishop Aquila argued that eucharistic coherence demands that those who partake of the Eucharist, including Catholic politicians, are to be in communion with the Church. That is, they must adhere to the Church’s fundamental doctrinal and moral teaching.  Not to do so would contravene St. Paul’s exhortation: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.” (1 Cor 11:27-30) …

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