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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 22, 2004

When he proclaimed the Year of the Eucharist, Pope John Paul II said that the Vatican would not take any special initiatives; he was leaving it up to the local churches and episcopal conferences.

Meeting in Washington last week, the US bishops' conference announced the following pastoral initiatives to promote reverence for the Eucharist:

OK, OK; there weren't any initiatives. But the bishops did talk about plans for the Year of the Eucharist, during these sessions:
Sorry; never mind. Did you know that this is the 25th anniversary of the US bishops' pastoral statement on racism? They were against it. And still are.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 28, 2004 9:52 PM ET USA

    Excellent observation, as usual, Diogenes. Indeed, Bishop Gregory's homily from the Mass at the USCCB meeting Monday, 11-15, was focused on the bishops' pastoral message on racism & the 25th anniversary. The bishops in the US, as a body of bishops, will remain in schism until Mahony, Skylstad, Trautman, Pilarczyk, McCarrick & their team members retire or are removed from their sees. In the meantime, we have to look to the few individual orthodox bishops who are loyal to the Holy Father & Rome

  • Posted by: - Nov. 23, 2004 8:01 AM ET USA

    Does this say something about the common sense and intelligence of our Bishops who run the Church, make all the decisions, and that we must tell of our needs? I find it all VERY SCARY and MY spiritual in great jeopardy. Does there come a time when we must follow Christ rather than Bishops and clerics? Wasn't there a time in Jesus life when he had to do the same and teach the priests where Joseph and Mary went looking for him. MIND, body, and soul. Not mindless................

  • Posted by: Jim E - Nov. 23, 2004 6:14 AM ET USA

    You have hit the nail on the head! The road to holiness and the unity within the church that Christ wants for us lies in the Eucharist and other Sacraments, not in politics or theological argumentation. Unfortunately, the bishops and others fail to grasp this fundamental fact. When is the last time anyone can recall the bishops passionately promoting active participation in the Sacraments or other devotional activities? Seek God's will through the sacraments, particularly in the Eucharist.

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