The successors of the Apostles, in America, have been discussing the Eucharist the last several days, as though the Church hasn't already definitively spoken on the source and summit of the Faith. Church Militant's Hunter Bradford explores how the bishops, yet again, wasted your money meaninglessly debating a settled matter of faith.
For the last couple of days, the USCCB has been pointlessly writing and debating on a "eucharistic coherence" document. It's the heart and soul of their meeting here in Baltimore. The document says absolutely nothing about not giving the Eucharist to child killers.
Many wonder why there was any need for the bishops to meet here in Baltimore in the first place. The Church has already spoken on who can and who cannot receive the Eucharist. They could just copy and paste what the Church teaches, but instead, they scrap tradition for tolerance.
Ironically, the Baltimore Catechism, in paragraph 255, teaches the following on the Eucharist: "He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the Body and Blood of Christ but does not receive His grace, and he commits a great sacrilege."
Most of the bishops have no regard for canon law. Paraphrasing how one bishop put it to me in the hotel lobby, canon 915 isn't black and white — you can approach the canon in different ways. But a closer look at canon 915 completely rules this out.
Here it is: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion." What is so difficult about this?
In fact, that bishop's opinion and the whole reason for this eucharistic coherence meeting is entirely incoherent.
Estimations of the total cost of the bishops' Baltimore trip — more than a million dollars.