Moved by shocking poll numbers, Bishop Barber Of Oakland schedules Eucharistic Congress
Fewer than one-third of Catholics believe the Eucharist is the actual
Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Pew Research Center found in a
recent poll. The majority of America’s self-identified Catholics – 69
percent, according to the poll – are either ignorant or simply mistaken
about what the Catholic Church teaches on the Eucharist.
Fewer than 1/3 of Catholics say they believe in Real Presence
“As bishop of the diocese of Oakland, I find this shocking,” the Most Rev. Michael Barber, SJ, wrote in a letter to the faithful.
As part of the bishop’s response to the findings, he has called for a diocesan-wide Eucharistic Congress on June 19-20 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
“With the theme ‘Stay with us, Lord!’ (Lk 24:29), I invite all the faithful of our diocese to reflect upon the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives, and to reaffirm our call to be a people nourished, fed and molded by the Eucharist itself — just as the disciples were on the road to Emmaus,” Bishop Barber wrote.