In a new reflection, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone identifies a common thread linking abortion, homelessness, and the urgent need for Eucharistic revival among Catholics: a challenge to look beyond outward appearances and see “the deeper spiritual reality.”
“As political issues, homelessness and abortion are treated as separate things. But with the Catholic sacramental sense we can see that whether we are speaking of the unhoused or the unborn, the underlying issue is the same: Can we see beyond the merely material to the deeper spiritual reality?” Cordileone said.
“What we Catholic bishops and other leaders must seek is not just words on a page,” he added, “but a profound Eucharistic revival, which requires a renaissance in the Catholic sacramental imagination.”
The reflection also comes just weeks before the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, held Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore, where consideration of a new document on Eucharistic revival will be one of the chief items on the agenda….
Cordileone’s reflection refers to the 2007 Aparecida document, in which the term “Eucharistic coherence” is used to explain why public servants, such as government officials and health care workers who act to encourage “abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and the family” cannot receive Holy Communion.
Then-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is now Pope Francis, was a chief architect of the 2007 Aparecida.
“Pope Francis rightly reminds us bishops to think and speak as pastors, not as politicians: it is souls that are at stake, not elections,” Cordileone said in the reflection. “Lost sheep are to be lovingly called to return to the fold, not angrily denounced in the way that would imitate so much of the animosity of our political culture….
The above comes from an Oct. 30 article on the site of the Catholic News Agency.