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Lamenting ‘shocking’ ignorance of Real Presence, Oakland bishop schedules Eucharistic Congress

February 14, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: “The Pew Research Center indicated in a recent poll that 69% of America’s self-identified Catholics are either ignorant or simply mistaken about what the Catholic Church teaches on the Eucharist; and that only a third believe that the Eucharist is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Michael Barber, SJ. “As Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, I find this shocking.”

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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Feb. 15, 2020 9:38 AM ET USA

    There have been several interpretations of the survey results. Ignorance or misunderstanding can be fixed, if those are the reasons for unbelief, but this is rather a rejection of Church teaching by self-identified Catholics. This bishop, make that every bishop, has his work cut out for him.