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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Catholics and even non-Catholics are telling the U.S. bishops that only by restoring reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament will they restore belief in the Real Presence. The bishops, however, are offering catechetical booklets.
Following a poll showing 7 out of 10 baptized Catholics do not believe that the Eucharist is Christ, U.S. bishops are asking the public for a solution.
On Friday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops posted the following question on its official Facebook page: "A recent PEW study revealed that only 1/3 of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. What are some ideas to solving this issue? We want to hear your opinion."
Even a non-Catholics like Tim Kline, who responded to the bishops' inquiry, see how this last point makes sense. Kline observed that when priests and bishops offer Holy Communion "to unrepentant sinners (such as pro-choice politicians), you're telling the world that the Eucharist is meaningless."
Traditionally minded Catholics, however, aren't buying their solution.
Father Richard Heilman, whose blog Roman Catholic Man is greatly appreciated by thousands of Catholics, remarked in the bishops' Facebook thread, "We cannot 'read' our way out of this."
Heilman added that he's restored reverent liturgy at his church and "young families are pouring into our parish."
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