The nation’s bishops intend to have a “revival” of Eucharistic devotion. But the word “revival” has unflattering connotations in this country, where it has been used to describe religious fervor that is fundamentally emotional and not tied to the charity and unity that are identified in the Gospels as markers of a mature faith.

What’s more, if the bishops are worried about the scandal of Catholic politicians who do not adhere to the church’s position on abortion, how will they deal with the scandal of bishops who publicly disagree on whether such politicians should be admitted to Communion? But the more important consideration is not scandal or schism; it is the Eucharist itself. Let us not forget that the Eucharist is meant to nourish those who are weary and hungry along the way. A church of the pure and perfect is a room with no place for anyone.

Barry Collins