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Updated June 30, 2021 to include comment from Michael Hichborn.

June 29, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Three quarters of U.S. bishops have voted in favor of a three-year national Eucharistic revival beginning next year, with the stated goal of renewing the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, spreading a fire of devotion for the Blessed Sacrament across the country.

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, presented the plan for the Eucharistic movement to his fellow American bishops on Day 3 of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Virtual Plenary Assembly — the same Assembly which debated whether pro-abortion politicians like President Joe Biden should be allowed to receive Holy Communion, even though canon law is already clear on the matter (canon 915). A significant majority of the bishops voted in favor of drafting a “teaching” document on the Eucharist.

Cozzens said the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has been working diligently on the plan for Eucharistic revival since November. In an interview with EWTN, Cozzens said American bishops were discouraged by the result of a 2019 Pew Survey, which showed that just 31% of Catholics believe in the dogma of transubstantiation, which is the doctrine of the substantial change of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass.

The renewal of Eucharistic devotion would lead to a “movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist — and sent out in mission for the true life of the world,” according to Cozzens. The movement would be especially timely because of the lack of sacramental life during the coronavirus crisis, Cozzens said. He did not mention that in many places, it was the bishops themselves who chose to cancel Masses and deny the sacraments to the faithful. Cozzens said that “the Church in America needs the healing and unity that flow from love for the Eucharist.”

The “Strategic Pillars” of the Eucharistic movement will be

  • to foster encounters with Jesus through kerygmatic proclamation and experiences of Eucharistic devotion;

  • to contemplate and proclaim the Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the truth of our teaching, the beauty of our worship, and the goodness of a life of service;

  • to empower grassroots creativity by partnering with movements, apostolates, educational institutions, and parishes;

  • to reach the smallest unit: parish small groups and families;

  • to embrace and learn from rich intercultural Eucharistic traditions.

The movement will have three different stages, involving Catholics of every state of life and position in the Church. The “Diocesan Revival” stage, from July 2022 until June 2023, will focus on the formation of priests and other diocesan leaders. Diocesan Corpus Christi celebrations and days of adoration and confession will be organized.

The Parish Revival Stage, from July 2023 until June 2024, will focus on the education of parish small group leaders — those who will be Eucharistic missionaries, starting in their own parishes.

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Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!


"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000


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‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ -

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden -

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion -

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion -

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion -

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion -

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi -

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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The third stage, held from July 2024 until mid-2025, will involve a National Eucharistic event and the sending out of the Eucharistic missionaries trained over the previous years of the movement. The National Eucharistic event has a historic precedent in the 28th International Eucharistic Congress, which was held in Chicago in 1926 and attracted as many as 1 million people.

Cozzens told his fellow bishops during the spring assembly that the plan has been met with great enthusiasm from various Catholic apostolates, educational institutions, publishers, and volunteers. The Knights of Columbus and Franciscan University of Steubenville are among a host of organizations which have offered support.

After presenting the means of funding for the movement, Cozzens told his fellow bishops that a Eucharistic revival would begin with the rekindling of the bishops’ own devotion to the “profound gift” of the Eucharist. He reminded them of the words of Jesus: “Abide in Me, without Me you can do nothing.”

The American bishops continue to deliberate on whether they should follow the Church’s teaching on denying Commuion to pro-abortion politicians.

“It’s good that the bishops are working to restore belief in the True presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but they will have to lead by example,” Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute, told LifeSiteNews. “Judas denied Christ’s Divinity, received Communion unworthily, and handed Our Lord over to His enemies. As long as bishops continue to hand our Lord in the Eucharist over to His enemies, very few will take this ‘Eucharistic Revival’ seriously.”

When asked his opinion on the claim wielded by some bishops, as well as members of the Democratic Party, that the bishops could be using the Eucharist as a so-called political weapon, Cozzens told EWTN: “This is really a pastoral matter for the bishops. Bishops are going to produce a teaching document. We are presenting this really as pastors who want people to get to Heaven. That’s our main goal. And so we’re going to teach.”

Despite Cozzens’ assurances that the bishops will “teach,” a Q&A released by the USCCB earlier this month clarified that the U.S. bishops will not be issuing any “national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.”


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