The voting results of the USCCB’s meeting held online from June 16-18 resulted in the bishops voting to approve the drafting of a teaching document on the Eucharist. Besides this, there were various other agenda that the bishops voted on.
After nearly three hours of debate, the bishops voted overwhelmingly to approve the drafting of a document on the Eucharist.
In all, 75% of the bishops voted to approve the drafting of a text for consideration at their next meeting. Only 55 bishops voted against the motion.
The motion to approve the committee on doctrine’s request to draft a document on the Eucharist passed: 168 bishops voted in favour, 55 against, with 6 abstentions.
Other topics discussed and voted on include:
- The bishops also voted to approve the draft pastoral framework on marriage and family life, Called to the Joy of Love: 212 in favour, 13 opposed, 4 abstaining.
- A motion in favour of drafting a national pastoral framework on youth and young adults for future consideration passed with 222 votes in favour, and 7 against.
- The proposal to draft a new formal statement on and comprehensive vision for Native American and Alaskan Native ministry was approved 223-6.
The bishops were also asked to approve various new translations from the International Committee on English in the Liturgy, which needs a two-thirds majority and subsequent approval from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship:
- Asked to approve the ICEL Gray Book of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, the bishops approved 188-2.
- Asked to approve the ICEL Gray Book of the Liturgy of the Hours: Additional Intercessions and Psalter Concluding Prayers for use in the dioceses of the United States, the bishops said yes, 186-3 with 1 abstention.
- Asked to approve the ICEL Gray Book of the Order of Penance for use in the dioceses of the United States, the bishops approved, voting 182 in favour, 6 opposed, 2 abstaining.