Divided US Catholic bishops will debate Communion policy

Jose H. Gomez, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

FILE – In this Sunday, June 7, 2020 file photo, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez holds a Communion wafer as he celebrates the the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, a Mass with churchgoers present at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Despite calls from some of its members for a delay, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to devote part of its national meeting in June 2021 to the sensitive issue of which Catholics are worthy of receiving Communion. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is planning to devote part of its national meeting next month to the sensitive issue of which Catholics are worthy of receiving Communion, despite calls for a delay.

Dozens of bishops had requested the conference president, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, postpone the debate until a later meeting. But prompt action is being sought by some conservative bishops who want to signal that President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should not receive Communion.

The conservatives are now heartened, as Gomez has confirmed that the topic is on the agenda of the June meeting.

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