Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Beàti qui ad cenam Agni vocàti sunt.

Serious sin a bar to receiving Communion,
bishops say in new document

by Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Emphasizing that they were addressing all Catholics, and not just politicians or any other group, the U.S. bishops Nov. 14 voted in favor of a document calling on those in a state of serious sin to refrain from receiving Communion. The vote was 201-24, with two abstentions.

An effort to amend the document to specifically name politicians as among those who need to examine their consciences before receiving the Eucharist failed on a voice vote.

Titled "'Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper': On Preparing to Receive Christ Worthily in the Eucharist," the document says that a Catholic who "knowingly and obstinately" rejects "the defined doctrines of the church" or repudiates "her definitive teaching on moral issues" would not be in communion with the church and therefore should not receive Communion.

"All kinds of people don't understand their responsibilities when going to the Eucharist," said Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine. His committee prepared the document because of a request in November 2004 by Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., for a statement on how Catholics should prepare to receive the Eucharist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who have sneezed INTO THEIR HANDS during Mass should not extend their hand to shake the hands of others at the sign of peace. It spreads germs and it is disgusting. Be considerate of others when you are in Mass. The hands you sneeze into that touch the hands of others will also be used to receive Christ in the Eucharist.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Sorka said...

I'm happy to see the bishops come out with this dcument. Its certainly something I make very clear in my RCIA.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Chester Sneesby said...

Yes. And, Padre, you are doing us all a supreme service by keeping up up to date on this matter. I will pray for you.

9:46 PM  
Blogger gabdandie said...

What's up with the 24?

11:05 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Their hearing aids must have been turned off.

12:05 AM  

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