by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
There are some false narratives and misleading arguments that are being promoted with regard to the proposed USCCB document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. Several media outlets, for example, reported that the Vatican had warned the Catholic Bishops of the United States not to pass this proposal. That is simply false. In fact, bishops and politicians have been dialoguing about this issue for many years. Approving the drafting of a document is precisely how the dialogue will continue to move forward. One of the misleading arguments voiced by some bishops and cardinals opposed to drafting this document was that doing so would be divisive and would harm the unity of the bishops’ conference. Yes, we should strive for unity, but our unity should be based on the truths of our faith as found in Sacred Scripture and the constant Tradition of the Church.