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(Clockwise from left) Bishop Andrew Cozzens of tthe Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis attends a news conference at the Fall General Assembly meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Baltimore. Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., speaks during a news conference. Bishop Manuel Cruz, front left, of Newark, N.J., reads scripture during a morning prayer. (photo: Julio Cortez / AP)

On the second day of their fall assembly, the bishops avoided another heated, public debate as they approved a teaching document on the Eucharist.

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News November 18, 2021

Lauretta Brown Lauretta Brown is the Register’s Washington-based staff writer.

Lauretta BrownBALTIMORE — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to approve a teaching document on the Eucharist Wednesday that caused a great deal of controversy in its June meeting due to concerns that its section on worthiness to receive Communion would be perceived as aimed at prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicians like U.S. President Joe Biden.

The document did include a section on worthiness to receive Communion, reminding the faithful that “if a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to reject the defined doctrines of the Church, or knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definitive teaching on moral issues” they “should refrain” from Communion, but contained no references to specific politicians. Compared to the three hours of heated debate its drafting spurred, there was only about a half-hour of comments from bishops before its passage by a vote of 222-8, with three abstentions. …

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