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Bishops take part in the final public session of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' General Assembly on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (photo: Katie Veik / CNA/EWTN)

What was notably absent from the 26-page draft was any sort of criteria for when to deny a Catholic from receiving the Eucharist.

WASHINGTON —  A draft text of the U.S. bishops’ forthcoming document on Eucharistic coherence does not make explicit mention of denying the sacrament from certain high-profile Catholics and instead focuses on the importance of teaching the Real Presence of the Eucharist and the Eucharist as a tool for evangelization.

The draft, titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church” was obtained by CNA on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The document is dated Sept. 24, 2021.

The two sections of the draft are “The Gift,” which centers on the Eucharist as a gift from Christ through his incarnation, death, and resurrection, and  “Our Response,” which focuses on gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist, the role the laity play in regards to reception of the Eucharist, and the importance of the Eucharist in conversion. …

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