A group of more than 60 bishops has written to Archbishop Jose Gomez this month, pressing for the U.S. bishops’ conference leadership to suspend discussion of the subject of Eucharistic coherence ahead of the USCCB’s June meeting, despite a recent letter from the Vatican’s doctrinal office counseling the bishops to continue discussing the matter. Discussion on the topic was scheduled in March through the ordinary USCCB procedure for setting meeting agendas.
The letter was signed by several U.S. cardinals, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan was originally a signatory to the letter, but he withdrew his name from the text after it was sent.
It urged that committee work in process on “Eucharistic coherence” be stopped, and that a planned discussion on the subject be removed from the schedule of the bishops’ June meeting — delayed until an in-person meeting of the bishops takes place.
“Having now received the May 7, 2021 letter from His Eminence Luis Cardinal Ladaria, SJ, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, we respectfully urge that all Conference wide discussion and committee work on the topic of Eucharistic worthiness and other issues raised by the Holy See be postponed until the full body of bishops is able to meet in person,” said a text of the letter circulated among bishops for signature, and obtained by The Pillar from multiple sources.
Ladaria’s May 7 letter urged that “dialogue…take place among the bishops so that they could agree as a Conference that support of pro-choice legislation is not compatible with Catholic teaching.”
But the “high standard of consensus among ourselves and of maintaining unity with the Holy See and the Universal Church as set forth by Cardinal Ladaria is far from being achieved in the present moment,” the text obtained by The Pillar said.
“Moreover, as the Prefect’s sound theological and pastoral advice opens a new path for moving forward, we should take this opportunity to re-envision the best collegial structure for achieving that,” the text added.
The Pillar confirmed that the letter was sent to Gomez on letterhead from the Archdiocese of Washington. Sources told The Pillar that the initiative was organized principally through an effort of Cardinals Gregory and Cupich….
The above comes from a May 25 story in The Pillar.
Very sad. So many of our bishops are unfit for Church leadership. A disgrace to Christ.
Archbishops Cordileone and Aquila (and others) have responded publicly to Cardinals Gregory and Cupich. Catholic News Agency reports:
Two U.S. archbishops on Tuesday responded to attempts by other U.S. bishops to delay consideration of a teaching document on the Eucharist by the full conference.
“I’m deeply grieved by the rising public acrimony among bishops and the adoption of behind-closed-doors maneuvers to interfere with the accepted, normal, agreed-upon procedures of the USCCB,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said in a statement provided to CNA on Tuesday.
“Those who do not want to issue a document on Eucharistic coherence should be open to debating the question objectively and fairly with their brother bishops, rather than attempting to derail the process,” he added.
Please pray for all of our bishops.
The full story is here:
Abp. Cordileone: “I’m deeply grieved . . .”
And I am deeply fed up with bishops being “grieved”.
Enough with the grief. Show some damn anger already!
The fact that some bishops are speaking out publicly against the Cupich/Gregory/Tobin/McCarrick/McElroy/Stowe good old boys/lavender mafia is a good thing.
Should more have been done earlier? Of course. But, let’s encourage those who are finally standing up and speaking out.
Show your anger toward the wayward clerics, not those who are (admittedly slowly) coming around.
Give. Me. A. Break.
Agreed, there is a burning need for righteous anger. We the laity have been ignored and outright lied to for way too long.
The road to hell is paved with skulls of bishops, so says St. John Chrysostom.
Leftist bishops try to avoid these issues because a Catholic defense of their positions is impossible. They know it, and choose politics over their moral obligation to teach and lead. Bishops beware.
It seems that bishops Cupich, Wilton, O’Malley, and the other signatories are persistently deficient in Catholic catechesis. I think it’s time for the pope to name co-adjutor bishops to help these bishops manage their dioceses.
Steve Seitz– “Deficient in catechesis?” How about “deficient in religious faith and moral character!” Very, very mediocre, “dumbed-down” post-Conciliar Church, of weak, irresponsible “Judas” clerical leaders! No moral character!
Archbishop Gomez will handle this issue as decisively and responsibly as he has the Religious Education Congress he’s had over a decade to fix.
You left out how he handled the Mahoney issue. Guaranteed that Gomez will cave on this issue like he caved on Mahoney and the REC.
Does anyone honestly believe that these guys would accept the fate of St. John Fisher??? Ba ha ha ha
Behemond, that is something we all have to ask ourselves at times. I really do believe some would do so — reluctantly — but even St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, being human, accepted their fate reluctantly. That is why we all have to pray for the grace of final penitence all the time, less we, too, betray Him.
Did you mean final perseverance? Have you done your First Friday Devotion?
Yes, I meant final perserverance. Thank you for correcting me. I did the First Fridays and First Saturdays in my thirties, and was invested in Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal and have done other consecrations. My life is more peaceful and calm when I stay off the computer and television and say the Rosary or Liturgy of the Hours or other Psalm related prayers.
Use the Jesus Prayer in traffic — a great way to avoid being annoyed.
If you were to even say his name or any martyrs name to these “shepherds ” would they recognize it for what it represents ? , do they even have a fraction of the faith and courage of their convictions that their predecessors had ?
Cupich, Dolan and Gregory…. The Thee “Wisemen”.
You mean Wiseguys.
Dolan took off his signature. Perhaps the late Cardinal O’Connor was praying for him. I remember the hell David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo Sr. and many others put that man through when he was trying to do what was right. May John Cardinal O’Connor finally rest in peace.
I think it is important to read carefully what is written in the letter by the 60 Bishops. They didn’t call for a permanent tabling of the question. They called for it to be postponed until the meetings can take place in person (presumably in preparation for the November meeting.) instead of pandemic era Zoom (or whatever they use).
I also think that 60 bishops isn’t something to sneeze about even for those who want to sneeze at the 3 authors. It’s a serious question that ought to be taken seriously.
The Apostles met in the upper room. Not by telephone or carrier pigeon.
Oh, you’re back, and just as wrong as ever. These issues are too important to push aside, even though weak Catholics, including bishops, would like to change the subject.
Kicking the can down the road, delaying, is a tactic to table the discussion and the document without saying that’s their aim. Next time around they’ll find another reason to delay issuing the document… oh, it’s a midterm election year, and we shouldn’t appear to be political during an election year. Oh, the 25th Amendment was invoked against Biden so Kamala is now president, well the Communion issue is now moot, so no need to have that discussion.
The apostles were good holy men of character and courage , most of the prelates , no they are not , they have earned our rebukes and distrust.
“good holy men of character and courage”? Mmmm. They were humans, with all the faults that come along with that state. Judas the apostle betrayed Christ. Peter, apostle and first pope, denied any association with Jesus repeatedly. Thomas refused to accept the Risen Christ until he was able to touch his wounds. Be careful not to expect too much of our prelates. They are, just like you and I, human beings — not divine creatures.
Have you seen the breaking stories that Ivermectin is an effective treatment for covid? Your party covered it up. Now the story can’t be contained anymore.
YFC, of course always siding with the weak boys in miters.
I believe Archbishop Cordileone and Bishops Strickland, Olmstead, Cardinal Sarah, Bishop Schneider, Cardinal Burke and Muller and all the other good men. As for some of the others, they were complicit in covering up for Mc Carrick and lying to St. John Paul II. We are not stupid. We know where YOU stand.
This reply was meant for the person calling himself “your fellow Catholic”, posting today at 5:31 pm.
Those of you who care about what is really going on with this letter to Bishop Gomez, just go to the “One Mad Mom” website.
What I find interesting is that the bishops that the Pope has named to major sees such as Chicago and Washington, D.C. seem to be in league with the German bishops and other morally compromised prelates.
It’s as if Francis is burning both ends of the candle. This begs the question – Why?
Yes, it does. My question, too, is why would any Cardinal bless a dragon, Chinese or otherwise. One can bless the Chinese people but not a dragon, an anti Christian symbol in the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse). Christians do not bless astrological symbols, just symbols that stand for Jesus Christ. There are a lot of weird things going on to be sure
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals and bishops against other bishops. … The Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the devil will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” Our Blessed Mother at Akita, Japan in 1973.
Nothing is stopping individual bishops from announcing the discipline in their dioceses.
And how many of the 60 bishops are retired, and are Auxiliary Bishops? Let us see the list. We need to know who these bishops are.
That is the thing with The Pillar website. They never really say who they are or who they get their information from. They leave a lot of questions unanswered.
Wow, what has happened to the Catholic Church. What has happened to the Pope and the Archbishops and Bishops. Nobody wants to the stand up for Jesus Christ and the Eucharist. I know God is not happy. We have a man in office playing the president of the United States. Destroying our nation and our religion. Making it ok for abortion up to the day a baby is born. And the Catholic Church is doing nothing about it….when this president-biden- is receiving the Body of Jesus Christ. Something is wrong with this picture. God help all of them.
These Bishops are applying their own teachings and are being political. How about teaching what Christ taught
Christ didn’t teach anything about withholding the Eucharist.
Nor did our Lord give it to the Roman occupiers. And, Judas left of his own volition after the Passover meal, but before the Eucharist was instituted.
If only other apostates would stop demanding the Eucharist, we wouldn’t have this controversy.
And, Christ did tell us all, “Go and sin no more.”
How can any one of us say we’re a disciple of Jesus while willfully continuing to choose grave sin?
Jesus gave bread and wine, his body and blood to Judas at his last supper.
Gregory and Cupich oh where oh where to begin with these two?????