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US Bishops Debate Extensively a Motion to Draft a Teaching Document on the Eucharist

Bishops supporting the vote to draft a document on the Eucharist cited the need for providing clarity and catechesis on the matter, citing polls showing a lack of belief in the Real Presence among Catholics. They argued that all Catholics, including Catholic politicians, must be aware of the Church’s teaching on worthiness to receive Communion.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, said some public officials prompted the debate about Communion by approaching the altar rail while supporting policies contrary to Church teaching.