Distinctly Catholic: The proponents of drafting a document probably win the ballot. But they have lost something far greater. They have divided the conference in ways it has never been divided in my lifetime, perhaps ever.
Pope Francis' closest U.S. allies made an at times desperate appeal during the U.S. bishops' spring assembly not to charge ahead with plans for a divisive document regarding Communion and pro-choice Catholic politicians.
On the opening day of a virtual meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops, a majority of U.S. prelates voted to limit discussion on whether to proceed with drafting a contentious document regarding Communion and pro-choice Catholic politicians.
Distinctly Catholic: As the U.S. bishops meet, all eyes will be focused on whether they will agree to draft a document on the Eucharist — a proposal that originated after Biden's election. Get ready for lousy arguments.
Religion News Service asked more than 180 members of the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference their position on denying Communion to Catholic politicians who back the right to an abortion, a practice the church condemns. Few offered a firm yes-or-no answer.
Distinctly Catholic: As the U.S. bishops are set to begin a Zoom meeting, they are in crisis: They are at each other's throats. They need to meet face-to-face, and they need to read Francis' letter to Cardinal Marx.
After receiving an unprecedented letter from 67 bishops appealing for a delay, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' president explained in a memo the procedure followed in bringing the question to a vote.