The bishops assembled in Baltimore have just posted their major pronouncements on the Eucharist, contraception, and homosexuality, and I must say the first one leaves me downright gleeful.
"Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper" is the unwieldy title of a twenty-page document on the Eucharist. It is superb and, as one poster on Amy Welborn’s site remarked, ought to be mandatory reading for American Catholics. You won’t find Mick-like sophistry about "other presences," nor will you have need for bifocals to make your way through fuzzy doctrinal content. The bishops have written a measured, well-organized, and precise statement on the centrality of Holy Communion in the life of the Church.
…Its two flaws concern bars to worthiness (they should have mentioned contraception, given its prevalence) and the topic of scandal (everyone knows the bishops are talking about politicians who negotiate the "non negotiables," so why not say it?).
Regardless, I’d be tempted to high-five my pastor after Mass were he to review its contents in a forthcoming homily.
I totally agree with Rich Leonardi, except for the two flaws this is a very good document.
I do hate PDF formatted documents and this one was worse than usual since it is double spaced with plenty of footnotes in the text. I have converted it to html and formatted it to look nice and it is available here. I also moved the footnotes to the bottom of the document and hyper linked them. I spent much more time doing this than I had expected, but I do believe the results are worthwhile.