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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Draft of bishops' Eucharist document reflects 400-year-old theology

Draft of bishops' Eucharist document reflects 400-year-old theology

The draft of the U.S. bishops' proposed new document on the Eucharist, which has been circulated among the prelates and was leaked to several media outlets on Nov. 2, may not mention pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden, but Msgr. Kevin Irwin says the document still reads like it could have been created before the Second Vatican Council.

"It is written in such a way that I would propose the title — currently 'The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church' — be made much narrower," writes Irwin in a commentary or NCR. "Perhaps: 'The Mystery of the Sacrificial Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic Species.' "

"Who is the audience for this document? Terms like 'transubstantiation,' 'real presence,' 'venial/mortal sin' as well as 'grave sin' require a familiarity with church language," he writes. "Are these terms aimed at the people who no longer attend Mass and are not believers in the 'real presence'?"

Read more of Irwin's commentary here.

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More than 250 people fast in solidarity with climate hunger strikers in DC

Paul Campion, 24, and four other young climate activists from the Sunrise Movement began a hunger strike Oct. 20, calling for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats to keep their pledge to include strong climate action in domestic spending bills before Congress. 

Campion broke his fast Oct. 30, after 11 days, because of health complications, and the others suspended the hunger strike Nov. 2, a day after Biden announced at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, that the United States would achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In a tweet, they said, "Today, we end our strike. But our survival still depends on Joe Biden and other Democrats like him."

The day before the strike ended, the action by Campion and the other strikers inspired more than 250 people to join a 24-hour All Saints' Day solidarity fast organized by Catholic Climate Covenant and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Read more at EarthBeat.

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  • The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a Catholic hospital in California that was sued for refusing to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender patient.

  • People experiencing depression often need someone to talk to, and they can benefit from psychological counseling and reading what Jesus has to say, Pope Francis said. Get the latest Francis news by signing up for the Francis Chronicles email.

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