Baltimore, Md., Nov 16, 2021 / 21:52 pm
The archbishop of Denver criticized media coverage that frames the bishops’ discussion on the Eucharist as a debate over whether or not President Joe Biden can receive Holy Communion.
The secular media, Archbishop Samuel Aquila told CNA during the U.S. bishops’ annual fall meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, "are trying to make it a battle.”
The archbishop’s comments came in advance of Wednesday's much-anticipated vote by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on a new document highlighting Church teaching on the Eucharist and its role in the life of the Church. Yet as the USCCB's website explains, there will be “no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians.”
Instead, Aquila explained, the aim is "to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.”