The Italian Almanac

Holy Communion

Italian News - July 8

The Vatican singled out divorced members who remarry and Catholic politicians who support abortion Thursday in criticizing the faithful who continue to receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin. The lament came in a new document on the Eucharist that details abuses of the sacrament and the need for better instruction to ensure it remains sacred.

The 85-page text is the working draft of a final document that will be developed during the global synod, or meeting, of bishops Oct. 2 to 23 in Rome. The paper covers a range of issues related to the Eucharist: It suggests, for example, that Latin be used during international liturgical gatherings so all priests involved can understand the proceedings, and it suggests that parishes consider using more Gregorian chants to prevent more ''profane'' types of music from being played.