Following the recent meetings of our US bishops, and their discussion about consistent understanding of the Holy Eucharistic, I received an invitation to comment on the matter to a local TV news station.
The reporter asked if I thought Communion should be political (a flawed question, as the conversation our bishops were having wasn’t about politics). I said it should not be political, and I went on to say that our faith must inform how we participate in politics, but we cannot reduce Christ’s teachings to any political party.
I clearly stated that Church teaching protects the sacredness of all human life from conception to natural death and that we love people who disagree, but when individuals hold views contrary to protecting the life of every person, including the unborn, they should examine why they want to consider themselves Catholic, and why they want to receive the Eucharist.
When the news story aired, my answers did not match the questions posed. I expressed my frustration to the reporter, who apologized and edited her story with something she thought would clarify my statement, but it certainly did not.
Here’s what I truly said:
We should always welcome the person, and love them no matter what. And, because we love them, we cannot support the flawed idea that anyone can believe anything, do anything, and act on those inconsistent beliefs, and still receive the Sacraments of the Church.
Yours in Christ,
Truth in Charity with Bishop Rhoades: On this episode, Bishop talks about the June USCCB meeting…including a breakdown of the “Eucharistic consistency” document. Hear more about what happened, what it means, and how it will play out moving forward.
Our Sunday Visitor Interview with Bishop Rhoades on Eucharistic Consistency
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, who chairs the USCCB doctrine committee, explained why the bishops voted to write a teaching document on the mystery of the Eucharist and what it means for all U.S. Catholics.